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Catholic University of Cameroon, Bamenda presents pioneer administrative officials

By Florence Ndiyah
 

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Pioneer Staff Catholic University of Cameroon, CATUC, Bamenda

The Catholic University of Cameroon, Bamenda, CATUC, was officially launched on April 10, 2010 at St. Joseph’s Metropolitan Cathedral, Mankon, Bamenda, with the commissioning of pioneer officials.Four priests and three lay people are occupying the following positions:

Vice Chancellor, Rev. Fr. Michael Suh Niba. He is a Priest of Bamenda Archdiocese and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Theology and a Doctorate in Philosophy. Before he was appointed, he was dean of the Philosophy Department in St Thomas Aquinas’ Major Seminary, Bambui, where he has taught for the last 16 years.

Deputy Vice Chancellor for Academics: Prof. Paul Nkwi: He is a retired civil servant, Anthropologist. He was first appointed in CATUC in February 2009 as coordinator, which led to the creation of the university.

Deputy Vice Chancellor for Research/Cooperation: Dr. Anthony Ndi. He is a retired civil servant, teacher and principal. He has also worked as registrar and visiting lecturer in many institutions of higher learning. In the past he had taken other challenging projects for the local Church. He was the pioneer Archdiocesan Justice and Peace Commission coordinator and the Archdiocesan Christian Elections Observatory, CEO, coordinator.

Registrar: Rev. Fr. Andrew Nkea. He is a Priest of Buea Diocese and holds a Doctorate in Canon Law. He was previously lecturer of Canon Law, Liturgy and Latin in St. Thomas Aquinas’ Major Seminary, Bambui, and Lecturer of Canon Law in John Paul II Institute of Theology, Buea.

Director of Finances: Mrs. Mary Njume. She was one time Amity Bank branch manager. She holds an MBA in Banking and Finance from Birmingham University, England, and also a student accountant with ACCA, United Kingdom. She is the only woman in the team.

Dean of Students’ Affairs: Rev. Fr. Jervis Kebei. He is a Priest of Buea Diocese and has a track record in Youth Affairs. He holds a Master’s degree in Theology with specialty in Catechetics and Youth Management. He has served as rector of Soppo Minor Seminary, or Bishop Rogan College, principal of Sasse College and Buea University chaplain.

Director of Development, Plan and Infrastructure: Rev. Fr. Anthony Yilaka. He is a Priest of Kumbo Diocese. He holds a Doctorate in Dogmatic Theology and has been Kumbo Bishop’s secretary, rector of St. Aloysius’ Minor Seminary, Kitiwum, Kumbo Catholic Education Secretary and is presently rector of the St. John Mary Vianney Spiritual and Formation Centre, Bafut, Bamenda.

The team has the task of “— producing well formed people not only capable of meeting the challenges of present day society, but also with a Christian ethical background”(Bishops’ Pastoral letter Bishops on CATUC). They have to build a university whose mission is, “To discover truth and share the knowledge to contribute innovatively to national and global development by training young men and women who fear God.” They have to erect a “City of Wisdom” which will realise its vision of being “— a world class academic institution for the advancement of knowledge in the Christian light.”

They have what it takes to accomplish their task. What they need most now are the resources. They need Christian faithful’s collaboration through donations to succeed. As His Grace Cornelius Fontem Esua of Bamenda said during the inauguration Mass: “Speaking about the necessity of the Lay Faithful in Africa to be the ‘salt of the earth and the light of the world, and the importance of acquiring a sufficient knowledge of the Christian faith to be able to give a proof of the hope that they bear’ in the market places of ideas, the Fathers of the Second Special Assembly for Africa of the Synod of Bishops said: ‘In this regard, EIA fervently recommended the establishment of Catholic Universities. We thank God that many such institutions have emerged in the last 15 years, and many more are in the pipeline. This is a project of capital importance. It also costs a lot of money. But it is necessary, if we are to invest for a future of well formed Catholic laity, including members of new ecclesial movements, especially intellectuals, ready and able to stand up and witness to the faith in the world of today. This is certainly an area where the universal solidarity of the Church-Family of God is greatly needed.’ (Message, n.22)”

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