By Christopher Ambe
Emmanuel Kouontchou, a senior civil engineer and Director of the Advanced School for Public Works (NASPW),Buea Annex has been honoured by the State of Cameroon for his patriotism and commitment to nation-building.
|Governor Bernard Okala (left) awarding Emmanuel Kouonchou,Director of NASPW-Buea, the national medal|
The quiet-looking but workaholic Civil engineer who has been Director of NASPW,Buea Annex since 2005,was on May 20th 2017 among many others singled out for state recognition for their valuable services to the nation.
Mr. kouontchou, in his early 50’s, was awarded the medal, Officer of the National Order of Valour by Southwest Governor Bernard Okala Bilai on behalf of President Paul Biya, at the Buea Buea Independence Square, during celebrations marking this year’s National Day.
He had five years ago been honored by the state of Cameroon with the medal, Knight of the National Order of Valour.
Mr. Kouontchou is director of a state-owned institution, which has graduated hundreds of Cameroonians with specialized technical skills, who are now actively, involved in either the public or private sector helping in the realization of various development projects in the country.
The NASPW which, was created by decree No.82-464 of October 1982, has its main campus in Yaoundé with Professor George Nkeng Elambo. The NASPW,Buea Annex offers specialized training both at the Ordinary Technical cycle and the Higher Technical Cycle, in the following fields: Civil engineering, Land Surveying, Rural Engineering and Town Planning.
Mr.Kouontchou, who has dedicated his award to the staff and trainees of his NASPW, expressed optimism that NASPW Buea has been making significant contributions towards the realization of Cameroon’s Vision 2035.
While promising to do his best to ensure that NASPW remains a training center for excellence, the Director hailed the inputs of his hierarchy towards his successes.
“I must thank the Minister of Public Works, the Grand Chancellor of National Order,the Director of the NASPW Yaounde for contributing in one way or the other to the honour I just received from the State of Cameroon”,
According to Tarhyang Tabe, chief SAF at NASPW, the student population of the institution now stands at 10482, out of which about 200 are females and about 300 Anglophone Students.
Mr. Tabe said the number of female and Anglophone Students have surged in recent years because the Director launched a campaign to that effect.
Although Mr.Kouontchou hails from Koung-khi Division of the West Region, he has worked as engineer in the Southwestwest Region in various capacities for more than 22 years.graduated with flying colors from the NASPW Yaounde in 1986.
Upon his graduation from NASPW Yaounde in 1986, Mr. Kouontchou joined the public service and was posted to the Ministry of Public Works, Department of Roads.
From 1988-90,he served as head of service in the then Southwest Provincial Delegation of Public Works; in 1990, Mr. Kouontchou was appointed Divisional Delegate for Public Works in Ndian Division and after three years he was appointed Divisional Delegate of Public Works for Fako Division and after four years, he was was promoted to the rank of Southwest Provincial Delegate for Public Works where he served in that capacity for three years. From 2000-2005, this duty-conscious civil engineer was lecturer at NASPW Buea where he demonstrated the mastery of civil engineering skills. That professional brilliance further worked in his favor. He would in 2005 be appointed as Director of NASPW Buea, a position he has held to date, attracting praises from both his hierarchy and the general Public.
He is a father of several children and married to Victorine kouontchou, a former government employee.
Mr. Kouontchou is frontline CPDM member and has been subsection President of CPDM Mile 4.He has also served as councilor of Limbe 1 council.
He is also a philanthropist, often assisting the underprivileged.