Saturday, July 22, 2017

University of Buea :Dean of Faculty of Agriculture Vows:“It’s time for communities to feel us !”

Professor  Ernest Lytia Molua,new Dean Faculty of Agriculture,University of Buea at installation

By Christopher Ambe
The new Dean of the Faculty of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine, University of Buea (UB), has said henceforth local communities in Cameroon must benefit immensely from the existence of the faculty, which he now heads.
Prof Molua(left)chats with UB  VC Prof. Ngomo
Ernest Lytia Molua, aged 44, Associate Professor of Agricultural Economics, made the commitment to reporters, on University of Buea campus, last July 19, shortly  after he officially and publicly assumed office as the new Dean of the ten-year old Faculty of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine of Cameroon’s first Anglo-Saxon University. He replaced Prof.Sakwe Nekongo Pierre Christopher, retired
    Appointed by Cameroonian President Paul Biya, Lytia Molua was commissioned into office by Prof.Ngomo Horace Manga, Vice-chancellor of University of Buea, which is a state-owned institution created in 1993.

  The Dean was commissioned alongside other newly appointed officials of same  university viz:Associate Prof. Ayu’unwi Ngwabe Neba,as new Director of Academic Affairs; Associate Prof. Nana Engo Serge Guy as new Director of Students’ Affairs; Associate Prof. Agbor Dieudonne Agbor as New Director of College of Technology  and Mr. Epoge NapoleonKang as new Director of Financial Affairs.
    The Vice-Chancellor urged them to be ever duty-conscious, to uphold the high standards of the university and ensure excellence in whatever they do.
      “The time has come for the Faculty of Agriculture & Veterinary Medicine in particular and the University of Buea in general to go into the communities and for them to really feel us; by this I mean we must design and develop short term training programs for few weeks or months and build the capacity of youth in rural areas, as well as go to the field for onsite-training”, the new Dean told reporters.

Dr.Namanga Ngongi (left),former Deputy Director,
World Food Programme, congratulates Prof.Molua
   Lytia Molua thanked Cameroon’s Head of State for endorsing the recommendation that he take over as Dean of the Faculty.
“It is an honour and a call to duty and I am ready and willing to serve the people of Cameroon and beyond”
  He noted that under his leadership, the Faculty would intensify and improve on its teaching, in such a way that students can generate knowledge, which can be used practically in the field of agriculture; we have to engage in vast research, relevant to Cameroon’s Agricultural sector and to immediate communities”
   Currently the Vice-President of Cameroon Association of Agricultural Economists (CAAE),Lytia  Molua holds a Doctor of Science Degree in Agriculture with specialization in Agricultural Policy Design and Planning from the Georg-August University of Goettingen ,Germany since 2002
   Before his current appointment as Dean, he was pioneer Head of Department of Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness, in the Faculty of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine,

More facts about Professor Ernest Lytia Molua

Professor Lytia Molua
Ernest Lytia Molua, now Associate Professor, had obtained his First School Leaving Certificate in 1983 and proceeded to the prestigious St Joseph’s College Sasse, Buea, Cameroon, for secondary education.

In 1990, following an excellent pass in five science subjects at the Cameroon GCE Advanced Level, Lytia Molua was offered the prestigious Cameroon Government Scholarship for the best students to study abroad, and was posted to the University of Benin, Benin City, Nigeria where, he obtained the Bachelor of Agriculture degree in Agricultural Economics and Extension Services in 1994, and was immediately admitted for the Master of Science programme in Agricultural Economics, and graduated in record time in 1996.

In 1997, he proceeded to Europe for further studies at the Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University in Copenhagen, Denmark, where he obtained his second Master of Science Degree in Agricultural Land-Use and Natural Resources Management in July, 1999.

In September of 1999, Lytia Molua commenced Doctoral Studies at the Georg-August University of Goettingen,Germany. In November of 2002, he graduated with the Doctor of Science Degree in Agriculture with specialization in Agricultural Policy Design and Planning.

 Lytia Molua immediately returned to Cameroon and commenced teaching in 2003 at the University of Buea as a Senior Instructor in the Department of Economics and Management, in the Faculty of Social and Management Sciences.

In 2005, he was formally recruited as Assistant Lecturer by the Ministry of Higher Education, and in 2006 he rose to the rank of Lecturer. In 2006 Lytia Molua was appointed Chief of Service for National and International Cooperation of the University of Buea.

In 2008 and 2009, he embarked on some capacity- building projects which allowed him to serve as a visiting African Scholar to Makerere University in Uganda; and also to the University of Pretoria, South Africa.

In 2009 Lytia Molua was awarded the American Government sponsored US Fulbright Research Fellowship to the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, USA.

In 2010,when he returned to Cameroon Lytia Molua  was appointed as pioneer Head of the Department of Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness in the newly created Faculty of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine, a capacity in which he served until 27 June 2017.

Professor Molua has won many awards, and published extensively in national and international peer-reviewed journals. Professor Molua is a visiting Professor to the University of Pretoria, South Africa, the United Nations African Institute for Economic Development and Planning, Dakar, Senegal; and United Nations University for Natural Resources in Accra, Ghana. He has served as consultant to numerous United Nations agencies including the FAO, UNDP and UNEP

He is recipient of numerous research grants, and a member of some learned societies including: The Royal Economic Society of The United Kingdom, The International Association of Agricultural Economists and The African Association of Agricultural Economists.

Professor Molua, a native of Sasse village in Buea Subdivision, is married and is blessed with four children.

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