Some three postgraduate students at the ERuDeF Institute of Biodiversity and Non-Profit Studies (ERuDeF Institute), who were promised employment at The Environment and Rural Development Foundation (ERuDeF), during their matriculation, have been absorbed into the organisation. The students who officially commenced work at the Department of Conservation of ERuDeF, January 3, 2017 include Niba Grace Manka’a recruited as Junior Biologist, Angwa Gwendolyn as Junior Biologist, and Njume William Moto as Junior Environmental Education Officer. Grace Niba, based in Buea, and Gwendoline Angwa, based in Menji, are focused on research and bimonitoring in the Tofala Hill Wildlife Sanctuary and the proposed Mak-Betchou Wildlife Sanctuary amongst others while Njume William, based in Menji, is coordinating environmental education activities in the proposed Mak-Betchou Wildlife Sanctuary. Being the first job in their career, these young conservationists cannot hide their feelings. “I am indeed happy with such an offer; it’s a great opportunity for me to put into practice the skills acquired during my training at the Institute. A special thank you to the CEO/President of ERuDeF for giving me the privilege to be part of the ERuDeF Family” Grace Niba said. Corroborating his counterpart, William Njume said it is indeed consoling that ERuDeF is honouring the promise to them. “The Director of Administration and Human Resources has already handed over to us our Terms of Reference and has promised that our engagement letter will soon be available for signing. This is great opportunity for me to realise my dream as an environmental activist” disclosed. Mr. Njume recommended that the Institute should ensure more experts and highly professional lecturers are recruited to maintain the standard of the training programme. The Director of the ERuDeF Institute, Mrs. Akeh Nug, on her part beseeched the students to “keep the flag of the Institute flying high” by adequately translating that which have been inculcated in them into the respective projects they have been attached to. “With the degree of training we have given them, I have no doubt of their ability to deliver the goods and to fit themselves within the working environment” the Institute boss affirmed. She implored students still undergoing training at the Institute to be assiduous and excel greatly so they too can be sure of a place at ERuDeF like their senior folks. To those yet to come into the Institute, the director assured them that they are coming into an institution that will transform them into a first class professional. The President/CEO of ERuDeF who is also the President of the ERuDeF Institute said the students demonstrated a high sense of professionalism during their internships with the organisation and thus needed to be giving an opportunity to develop a career in conservation. The ERuDeF boss disclosed that there are some 300 job opportunities available within her organisation within the next 10 to 15 years, with pride of place to be giving to students from the ERuDeF Institute.

Bertrand Shancho Ndimuh