Professor Ernest Molua appointed Registrar of Buea University


Professor Ernest Molua

Professor (Prof) Ernest Lytia Molua has replaced Professor Ndip Roland Ndip as the Registrar of the University of Buea (UB).

Before his appointment, Ernest Lytia Molua, Associate Professor, was Dean of the Faculty of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine in UB. 

The President of the Republic, Paul Biya, made the appointments on Tuesday, August 27.

The replacement came after Government carried out overhauls in administrative set-ups of all State Universities. 

Prof Ndip Roland Ndip has been called to other duties.

Meanwhile, Prof. Alembong Nol Tanyi, formerly Dean of the Faculty of Arts, becomes Deputy Vice Chancellor in charge of Teaching, Professionalisation and Development of Information and Communication Technologies, a position hitherto occupied by Professor George Epah Fonkeng, who goes on retirement.

Lucy Ndip Mande Ayamba, Associate Professor, has become DVC in charge of Research, Cooperation and Relations with the Business World, replacing Tumnde nee Njikam Martha Simo, who is retired. 

Professor Samuel Ayonghe Ndonwi replaces Prof. Ndip Lucy Mande Ayamba as the Department Vice-Chancellor in charge of Internal Control and Evaluation. 

Other appointments in UB saw Charles Alobwede Esambe appointed Director of Student Affairs; Prof. Pius Oben Mbu taking the position of Dean of Faculty of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine; Prof. John Nkemngong Nkendasong gets the position of Dean of the Faculty of Arts; Associate Professor Albert Mouelle Sone, Dean of Faculty of Health Sciences; and Prof. Ndip Roland Ndip moves to the Faculty of Sciences as Dean.

For the University of Bamenda, Prof. Mathias Afui Mih was appointed the DVC in charge of Internal Control and Evaluation; Elmer Yang Baweh appointed Director of the Department of Financial Affairs; Prof. Peter Titanji Fon appointed Dean of the Faculty of Education; Prof Gloria Some Ashuntantang Enow gets the job of Dean of Health Sciences, Associate Professor Jospeh Nzalie Ebi appointed Dean of the Faculty of Law and Political Sciences. 

The Higher Institution of Trade and Management also got a new Director in the person of Prof. Godfrey Njimanted Forgha, while Associate Professor, Lawrence Fombe Fon moved to the Higher Institute of Transport and Logistics as Director. 

The new changes were also made at the Universities of Yaounde I & II, Dschang, Douala, Ngoundere and Maroua. 

 The Man Prof. Ernest Lytia Molua

Ernest Lytia Molua was born in April 13, 1973 in Sasse Village, Buea, Fako Division in the Southwest Region of Cameroon. 

He did his Primary school at the Government Primary School Likoko-Membea where he obtained his First School Leaving Certificate in 1983 and proceeded to the prestigious St Joseph’s College Sasse, Buea. 

In 1990, he was offered Cameroon Government Scholarship for the best students to study abroad after an excellent pass in 5-science subjects at the Cameroon GCE Advanced Level.

He was then posted to the University of Benin, Benin City, Nigeria to study Agricultural Economics.

At the University of Benin, Nigeria, he obtained the Bachelor of Agriculture degree in Agricultural Economics and Extension Services in 1994. In 1996 he graduated with a Master of Science programme in Agricultural Economics.

He would proceed to Europe in 1997 at the Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University in Copenhagen, Denmark. There, Molua obtained his second Master of Science Degree in Agricultural Land-Use and Natural Resources Management in 1999.

He later on moved to Goettingen – ‘the city of science’ in Germany where he graduated from the Department of Agricultural Economics of the Georg-August University of Goettingen with the Doctor of Science Degree in Agriculture with specialisation in Agricultural Policy Design and Planning. 

He returned to Cameroon and, in 2003, he commenced teaching 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, Molua was formerly recruited as Assistant Lecturer by the Ministry of Higher Education, and in 2006 he rose to the rank of Lecturer. A year later, he was appointed Chief of Service for National and International Cooperation of the University of Buea. 

He has served as a visiting African Scholar at Makerere University in Uganda; and also the University of Pretoria, South Africa.

In 2009, he 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. 

A year later, he returned to Cameroon and 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 June 27, 2017. 

He has won many awards and published extensively in national and international peer-review journals. Today, he has published more than 40 internationally peer-reviewed scientific works in high-impact journals, supervised dozens of graduate students nationally and internationally, and in 2013 rose to the rank of Associate Professor.

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