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At Last… Biya Opens Doors Of Nautical Arts, Fisheries Institute 

By Nformi Sonde Kinsai

As if just coming out from a trance, President Paul Biya on August 12, 2015, signed a decree, giving the green light for the imminent take-off of the Limbe Nautical Arts and Fisheries Institutes which had long since been constructed and just left to “fallow”.

The construction of the institute was completed in 2012, with aid from the Spanish Government. But since then, its doors remained tightly closed, even to teeming students who have been longing to be trained here.

The Presidential Decree No 2015/374 of August 12, 2015, on the creation, organisation and functioning of the Limbe Nautical Arts and Fisheries Institute states in its Article 2 (1), that it is a professional and technical public school of higher learning with legal personality and financial autonomy.

Article 3 notes that the Institute is under the technical tutelage of the Ministry in charge of Fisheries, academically under the Ministry of Higher Education and financially under the Ministry of Finance, while Article 4 talks of its mission which includes technical and professional training, applied research and support to development in the domain of fishing.

The institute has two types of trainings, notably; initial and continuous trainings. The initial training cycle, as stipulated by Article 6, will have courses that border on Exploitation of Fisheries Units, Maritime Navigation, Fishing and Armament of vessels. Marine Mechanics will embody Exploitation of Machines, Piloting, Maintenance of Fishing Vessels and Nautical and Industrial Equipment, while Fisheries Technology will deal with courses such as Techniques and Fishing Tackles, Fishing Industries and Quality Control.

Others include Fisheries Management where the students are expected to do administration and management of the fisheries sector as a course as well as Aquaculture where the development of techniques of production and the feeding of fish will be offered as a course.
Diplomas for this cycle are to be issued by the Minister in charge of Fisheries and that of Higher Education.

According to Article 7, the cycle for continuous training will be made up of specialisations and all other types of trainings decided by the Management Council of the institute in view of increasing professional knowledge and output of agents and officials in the domain of fishing.
Meanwhile, end-of-course certificates will be issued by the Minister in charge of Fisheries co-signed by the Director of the Institute.

In strict respect of the mission assigned the institute, Article 8 gives it the room to develop partnership relationships with professionals of the milieu. Such relationships could be in the form of bilateral or multilateral cooperation with national as well as foreign institutions in respect of the rules in force. The institute, which is open to Cameroonians and foreigners, has the right to provide expertise services on request and which will be paid for.

Chapter Two of the decree which deals with the organisation and functioning of the institute notes that such organs will be made up of the Management Council, Management and the School Council. Outlining the responsibilities of the organs, it is stated that the Management Council has the powers to administer, define, orientate the general policy and evaluate the management of the institute.

The Chairperson of the Management Council is a personality appointed by the President of the Republic, while the members include representatives each from the Ministries of Fisheries, Finance, Higher Education, Professional Training and Transport. Others are, a representative each from Trade Union of Amateur Maritime Fishing, Grouping of Professionals of Fishing Trade, personnel of the teaching corps of the institute, personnel representing the administrative and support staff of the institute, as well as, a representative of the students all designated by their peers.

All the members of the Management Council have a mandate of three years, renewable once.
The Management of the institute is the executing organ of the decisions taken by the Management Council. It is headed by a Director and assisted by a Deputy Director all appointed by the President of the Republic.

The Director is charged with the management and putting in place of the general policy of the institute, under the control of the Management Council.

Meanwhile, the School Council is charged with proposing the teaching and training programmes in liaison with socio-professional milieux, examining all issues of pedagogy, as well as, the school results and summiting them alongside proposals on ways of instilling necessary improvements to the Management Council.

Chapter Three on funding highlights that financial resources of the institute constitute public funds that must be managed following the rules previewed by the financial regime of the State. Such financial resources for the school include registration and re-registration fee, training fee, fee generated by practical works, State subventions, fee from provision of services, proceeds from sale of articles from workshops, gifts, among others.

Article 40 states that the human resources of the institute are teaching and non-teaching personnel. The teaching personnel are again broken into permanent and non-permanent. The permanent are recruited by the Management Council upon proposals from the Director, while the non-permanent teaching personnel are recruited by the Director following proposals from the Management Council.

The administrative and technical personnel, according to Article 44, are recruited directly; State agents employed following the Labour Code could work in the school or personnel sent to the institute on secondment.