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Profiling The New Cabinet Ministers 

Compiled By Elvis Tah

Issa Tchiroma Bakary, Minister of Communication
Born in 1946, in Garoua, Issa Tchiroma Bakary studied Mechanical Engineering in France. He returned to Cameroon in 1977 and was employed by the Cameroon Railway Corporation, REGIFERCAM. He was imprisoned in 1984 and was granted amnesty in 1991. He was appointed Minister of Transport from 1992 to 1996. He has been a household name in the political arena in Cameroon, under the UNDP ticket. He was the moderator of the coalition that was formed by the frontline political parties in Cameroon. He created his own political party, Le Front Pour Le Salut National du Cameroun, FSNC in 2007.

Edgar Alain Mebe Ngo’o, Minister Delegate At The Presidency in charge of Defence
Edgar Alain Mebe Ngo’o hails from Sagmelima, Dja and Lobo Division. He attended the University of Yaounde I where he obtained his first degree in Science Economiques in 1982. He enrolled in the National Advanced School of Administration and Magistracy, ENAM and upon graduation he was appointed Economic Adviser at the East Governor’s office, Bertoua. He was appointed Secretary General at the Northern Province, Garoua in 1988. He was Divisional Officer of the Ocean Division of Kribi, Mefou and Afamba, Mfou and Mfoundi in Yaounde. In 1997, he was upgraded to the post of Director of Civil Cabinet at the Presidency of the Republic (DCC). Mebe Ngo’o would be appointed Delegate General at the National Security cumulatively with his post of DCC, from 2004 to June 2005. He is married and father of four.

Marie-Therese Abena Ondoa nee Obama, Minister of Women’s Empowerment and the Family
Marie- Therese Abena Ondoa nee Obama is the new Minister of Women’s Empowerment and the family. She replaces Suzanne Mbomback. Marie-Therese is a paediatrician and was the first female Director of the Yaounde Centre Hospital in the 90s and recently as Head of Paediatric Department at the Centre University Teaching Hospital, CHU, Yaounde. She was the Centre Regional representative of the defunct National Elections Observatory, NEO. Until her appointment, she was a lecturer and Vice Dean in charge of Research and Cooperation in the Faculty of Medicine in University of Yaounde I. On March 17, 2009, a Prime Ministerial Decree appointed to head the Yaounde Central Hospital, replacing Prof. Sida Biwole.

Youssouf Adoum nee Hadidja Alim, Minister of Basic Education 
Youssouf Adoum nee Hadidja Alim, 53, replaces Mm Haman Adama as Minister of Basic Education. She has until now been CPDM MP for Benue-East constituency. A graduate from ENAM, the new Minister was the Principal Inspector of Social Affairs. She served at the maternity in the Garoua Hospital before becoming Directress of Maison de la Femme de Garoua. Before she was elected MP, she was appointed North Provincial Delegate of Social Affairs and Women Empowerment in 1988 and later cumulated the post of Divisional Delegate of Benue. She is married and mother of eight.

Emmanuel Rene Sadi, Minister in charge of Special Duties at the Presidency of the Republic
Emmanuel Rene Sadi began his career as a diplomat in 1975 when he was appointed Chief of Service at the Ministry of External Relations. He was later appointed Cameroon Ambassador in Egypt. He returned to Cameroon in 1979 and served as Technical Adviser in charge of Diplomatic Division, Director of Civil Cabinet and Assistant Secretary General at the Presidency of the Republic. Since 2007, he had been Secretary General of the Central Committee of the ruling, CPDM Party.

Jean-Baptiste Beleoken, Minister of State Property and Land Tenure 
Minister Jean-Baptiste Beleoken was hitherto Director of Civil Cabinet at the Presidency of the Republic. He was Chief of Diplomatic Mission. He is also an ex-seminarian and runs College Victor Hugo.

Michael Ngako Tomdio, Minister of Water and Energy
Michael Ngako Tomdio has a PhD in Electronic Engineering. Before his appointment, he was General Manager of l’Office National des Zone Franches Industrielles (ONZFI), a post he held since May 1992. The new Minister studied in England and the US. He was appointed Dean of Studies at the National Advanced School of Polytechnic Yaounde in March 1974. In 1978, he was appointed Director of Higher Teacher’s Training College, ENSET. In February 1983, he occupied the post of Assistant Director of the Douala University Centre, a post he held till 1992. 65 year-old Tomdio hails from Babouantou, Bandja in the Upper Nkam Division. He is married and father of five.

Michel Zoah, Minister of Sports and Physical Education
Michel Zoah was born September 13, 1957 a native of Mefou and Akono in Mbankomo Division. He was Director of Projects and Human Resources. He worked at the Ministry of Higher Education and also served in the Faculty of Medicine. Since 2002, Zoah, has been part of the committee that was looking into the Bakassi dispute. He is a diehard Catholic and is married and father of many children. Zoah will have to grapple with the arduous task of qualifying the Indomitable Lions for the 2010 World Cup.

Clementine Antoinette Ananga Messina, Minister Delegate at the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development  
Clementine Ananga Messina is the pioneer Minister Delegate at the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, a post which existed since September 2007. Clementine Messina, 50,   is a native of Mefou and Afamba. She is an agronomist and worked at the Ministry of Agriculture for 23 years before becoming Minister. She had held several positions in the Ministry including Chief of Service, Technical Adviser and Director of Agricultural Research and Statistics.

Mounouna Foutsou, Secretary of State at the Ministry of Secondary Education
Mounouna Foutsou is a civil engineer. Before his appointment, he was Head of Division for the Promotion of Youth Development (PAJER-U) under the Ministry of Youths Affairs.

Martin Belinga Eboutou, Director of Civil Cabinet 
Born on February 17, 1940, Martin Belinga Eboutou was Cameroon Ambassador in America until December 22, 2007, when he was appointed Special Adviser to the President of the Republic. He holds a First Degree in Economic and Political Sciences and a PhD in Law.  He has been Diplomatic Adviser, Head of Cameroon Economic Mission in Paris, Rome, Tunis and Rabat, Chief of State Protocol and Director of Civil Cabinet at the Presidency of the Republic. He was a member of the Cameroon Delegation to the ICJ during the Bakassi dispute. He is married and father of eight children.    

Peter Agbor-Tabi, Minister, Deputy Secretary General at the Presidency of the Republic
Prof. Peter Agbor- Tabi has replaced Philemon Yang as the Deputy Secretary General at the Presidency of the Republic. Agbor-Tabi was born in February 1951 in Mamfe, Southwest Region. He is an Associate Professor. He obtained his PhD in International Studies from the University of South Carolina, Columbia, USA in 1982 and a Fulbright Scholar in Residence-Spellman College, Atlanta, GA, USA between September 1983 and May 1984.

Prof Agbor-Tabi has held several posts of responsibilities. He has been the Deputy Director of the Institute for International Relations in Cameroon (IRIC), Chancellor, University of Yaounde, Rector, University of Yaounde, Minister of Higher Education and Pro-Chancellor, University of Buea. Prior to his appointment, he was Head of Department of International Economics and the Board Chairman of the University of Yaounde II.

He is a member of the Central Committee of the CPDM party. Before his appointment on June 30, he was installed on January 5, 2009, as the President of the Board of Directors of CRTV. He was also elected the Manyu Man of the Year 2008 by the Dynamic Club of Manyu, for what they termed his contributions to the development of education in Manyu Division. [He is on record for instituting a tuition fee into State universities, when he was Minister of Higher Education.]

Seraphin Magloire Fouda, Minister and Vice Secretary General at the Presidency  
Prof. Seraphin Magloire Fouda has a rich academic profile. He is arguably one of the most brilliant economists in Cameroon. He has been Dean of Studies at the University of Douala, ENS, IRIC before moving over to the University of Yaounde II. He was appointed Dean of the Faculty of Economic and Social Sciences alongside his function as Director of Centre d’études économiques et de Gestion. In 2005, he was appointed Technical Adviser, Head of Economic Affairs Division. He has also worked as consultant to some financial institutions like BEAC, SNI and PNUD.

Luc Sindjoun, Special Adviser to the Head of State
Born in 1964, Prof. Luc Sindjoun is well known within the Yaounde University milieu. He was appointed Technical Adviser of the Secretary General of the President of the Republic in 2003.  In 2005, he was appointed Head of Department of Political Science at the University of Yaounde II before his recent appointment.
 

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