After 10 years of feet-dragging, bottlenecks: Limbe Fisheries School opens door
-Minister installs Pioneer Director, Assistant
-Entrance Exams in Limbe, Garoua, Yaounde
By Solomon Agborem
The Limbe Nautical Arts and Fisheries Institute (LINAFI) that has suffered from unexplained bottlenecks leading to delayed take off, 10 years after the school was built has finally opened its doors following the installation of the Director and Assistant Director by the Minister of Livestock, Fisheries and Animal Industries Dr.Taiga in Limbe on September 22, 2016.
Installing Dr. Etah Collins Ayuk as Pioneer Director and Dr. Cecilia Chiawa as Assistant Director, the Minister told them to fight all forms of corruption, speed up the treatment of files to ensure effective take-off of the institution and a smooth sail to prominence.
In his installation speech, the Minister reminded them of their primary duty which is to ensure not only the smooth take off of the Institute but also to develop synergy between the Institute and business persons in the sector. The Minister stressed on the need for the team to ensure technical and financial probity in the discharge of their functions. He further advised them not to bank on their wealth of knowledge but to be skillful as the CEMAC sub region and Cameroon in particular are waiting for the success of the Institute in the domains of fishing technology and Marine Engineering. The boosting of fish production in quality and quantity was also stressed by the Minister through the training of qualified technicians.
Earlier in his welcome speech, the Government Delegate to the Limbe City Council Motanga Andrew Monjimba appealed to the Minister to include artisan fishing so that the local population can also be part of the Institute. To him, the installation of the Director and his Assistant has not only crown series of actions by the State to render the school operational but wipe out anxiety, despair and frustration that had started gaining grounds due to the long wait on the part of the population to see the Institute go operational.
The Government Delegate was thankful the long awaited project finally took off under the watchful eyes of the people who will not let him sleep with unanswered questions as to when the school will open its doors. He thanked government for opening the school, weeks before the start of AFCON 2016 and prayed for a smooth take off and sustained activities. The Government Delegate pledged the City Council’s unalloyed support at ensuring rapid growth of the institution.
It should be noted that, the written part for the Competitive Entrance Examination into the Institute will come up on September 26 and 27, 2016 in three towns, Limbe, Garoua and Yaounde.
The oral, physical and medical tests for successful candidates will take place on October 17 and 24, 2016 in the Limbe Centre exclusively.
A total of 75 Students shall be admitted for the first cycle as the pioneer batch of the Institute for the 2016/2017 Academic year.
Present at the installation ceremony were the SDO for Fako Zang lll, Directors from the Ministry, Members of Parliament, D.Os, Mayors, Service Heads, Traditional Rulers, Media, Security Operatives and the teeming population.
The installation was spiced with traditional dances.