INSTITUT DE RECHERCHE AGRICOLE POUR LE DEVELOPPEMENT
Un outil privilégié pour le développement agricole et rural du Cameroun

ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE DEATH OF Dr NFI ALPHONSUS

The Director General of the Institute of Agricultural Research for Development (IRAD) announces with profound regret the death Dr Nfi Alphonsus Ndi,  a retired Research Officer and former Chief of IRAD Mankon Specialized Station. The death occurred on Monday 1st February 2016 after a brief illness. The mortal remains is presently at the mortuary in Bamenda.

On behalf of the agricultural research community at large, IRAD personnel and on his personal behalf, the Director General of IRAD expresses deep sorrow and heart-felt sympathy to the bereaved family for this great loss.

A scientific homage to the fallen scientist will be organized by IRAD at the Esplanade of the Club House in IRAD Mankon Station on Friday 12th February 2016 as from 10H.00 am prompt.

Dr. NFI Alphonsius obtained his degree of Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) in the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Ibadan, Nigeria in June 1982. After returning home, he was recruited some months later in September 1982 as a young veterinary doctor by the then Institute of Zootechnical  Research (IRZ) and posted to the Station in Mankon. In 1986, he obtained a scholarship and proceeded to England in the United Kingdom where he obtained an M.Sc. in Veterinary Microbiology from the University of Surrey.

Dr NFI Alphonsus was a dedicated professional and occupied several positions of authority along his career path. He was Head of section for Veterinary Research IRAD Mankon from 1985-1993, Acting head of Section sheep and goat IRAD Mankon from 1986-1994; Head of section of Veterinary Research IRAD Bambui from 1994-1998; Provincial Supervisor for the National Agriculture Extension and Research Programmed, (PNVRA) from 1996-1998; Chief of Bureau for Research Coordination and Re-gional Chief of Service for Research and Innovation at the N.W. Regional Centre for Research and Innovation; and finally Chief of Station for IRAD Mankon Specialized Sta-tion until his retirement.

Concerning his scientific career, Dr NFI Alphonsus was a dedicated and respected scientist. After he was recruited in 1982, he was promoted to the grade of Research Assistant in 1985 and then later on to Research Officer in 1988. He is an author of several articles in renowned journals and a member of many international associations amongst which the International Association of Microbiology and Virology. His last three years until his death have been marked by consultancies with African Union (NEPAD), the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA) and the World Bank on the Comprehensive African Agricultural Development Programme (CAADP).

Dr NFI Alphonsus  Ndi will be remembered by the many students and young scientists he mentored as well as the several Christians he interacted with through his pastoral work with the Archdiocese of Bamenda. The scientific communities at the national and international levels with whom he worked wish him a big farewell.