14 February 2019

Cameroon: 50 Eco-Guards End Pre-Military Trainig

Some 50 Eco-guards and Game guards from the Ministry of Forestry and Wildlife have received diplomas and epaulletes after completing 45 days of pre-military training and re-cycling for senior forestry guards (Ingineers) at the Koutaba military training facility.

The ceremony that took place in Koutaba from the 4-5, February, 2019, was presided at by the Minister of Forestry and Wildlife,Jules Doret Ndongo,in the presence of Major General Mpah Phillippe, in charge of military academics and training centres in Cameroon.

On day one which took Minister Jules Doret Ndongo to the « Raffle-range » or practical centre, situated some10 km on the outskirts of Koutaba, the Minister and his entourage had the opprtunity to watch the Eco-guards trainnees demonstrate their vitality in different aspects of the military training they acquired for 45 days.

Here the trainees exhibited their, shooting practicals and combating impunity,what their trainers revealed is a stage that will help the Eco- guards in their practical actions in the field. Speaking at the end of the practical phase on day one, Minister Jules Doret Ndongo, said he was mildly overwhelmed by the consistency in the practical exhibition by the Eco-guards trainees, adding that what is left is the implemention phase to check insecurity caused by poachers in the field.

Day two that was reach in colour was devoted to the award of diplomas and epaulletes to the graduating trainees. In a message adressed to the laureates, Minister Jules Doret Ndongo reminded the Eco-guards of the imporant role of fighting incursion of praochers in the cross boarder protected areas. He said only the output in the field will determine the quality of the training they acquired at the high-level training in the elite unit of Cameroon army.

The Minister told the eco-guards and game-guards that in their diferent units of service they should maintain an atmostphere of fraternity and love in the dischage of their duties. For his part, the commander of the Koutaba military base, said the trainees were positively towards their training, insisting that they gave both female and male trainees equal strengh to defend themselves in the field.

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