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04 April 2013

ERuDeF staff pledge support to Boss in conservation strive

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ERuDeF staff pledge support to Boss in conservation strive

"In your strive to be at the forefront of conserving Cameroon's rich biodiversity, we the staff of ERuDeF, promise to stand behind you and give you all the support you need". These were the words of the staff of the Environment and Rural Development Foundation as they offered 2013 New Year wishes to the President/CEO of ERuDeF, Louis Nkembi.

Presenting a gift which carried the faces of all the staff with a thank you message, the Social Coordinator of the Organization, Ms Payong Marquise on behalf of the entire staff said " we want to thank you for being not just a Boss, but a father and a friend. We acknowledge your struggle in conserving wildlife and protecting fragile environments. On this very special day when we bid farewell to 2012, we want to promise that in 2013 we would work more closely in ensuring that our goals of conservation are achieved"

The President on his part could not hide his joy in his word "I feel very happy today. I would like to thank you all for acknowledging the efforts in ensuring we protect our rich yet fragile environment. At this moment, I call on everyone to put hands on deck to keep the flag of ERuDeF flying"

The event was also an opportunity for a volunteer from the UK, Daniels John who had spent one month on a Cross River Gorilla expedition, to express himself. Mr. Daniels said he was very happy being in Cameroon. "My coming to Cameroon was a surprise birthday package from my family. The one-month expedition I had in the forest was one of my best experiences". Mr. Daniel congratulated ERuDeF's President for a good job and urged him to continue in that light.

The ceremony was also an opportunity for the CEO to hand meritorious award to some of the outstanding staff of the organization for 2012. Ms Asa'a Lemawah, a forester working on the ERuDeF's project of Mt Cameroon threatened trees was handed a prize of FCFA 100.000($200) for being the overall best staff for 2012. Ms Asa'a Lemawah thanked the staff for having voted her during the end of year meeting and pledged that she would not rest on her laurels, rather, the award spurs her to work harder. The second laureate was the Chief Accountant Ursula Nkeng, whom the staff voted for her meticulousness in accounting operations. Ms Nkeng was given the sum of FCFA 75.000 ($150). The head of ERuDeF's forest and climate change unit, Neba Kingsley grabbed the third position, going home with FCFA 25.000 ($50).

It would be recalled that the offering of New Year wishes is a tradition in the organization that started two years ago. It is a time of saying "thank you" to the president and equally acknowledging the contribution of the staff and strategizing actions for the next year to obtain the best results.

The day ended with drinking and merry making as staff said "good-bye" to 2012 and wished the very best for 2013.

By Regina F. Leke