Ngaoundere(National-Times)-While Paul Biya was taking the oath of office for the seventh time, his long-time political ally, Hamadjoda Adjoudji was leaving for the world beyond.
The death of the onetime Minister was announced early this morning and according to sources, he died last night in a Parisian hospital where he was hospitalised after he collapsed at the end of Presidential campaigns.
This explains why the native of Banyo was missing at Biya’s inaugural ceremony on Tuesday, November 6.
Until his death, Hamadjouda Adjoudji was the Deputy Secretary General of the Central Committee of the Cameroon Peoples’ Democratic Movement (CPDM) where he has militated since the creation of the party in 1985 in Bamenda.
Being one of the pioneer Cameroonian Veterinary Doctors, Adjoudji served as Minister of Livestock Fisheries and Animal Husbandry for 20 years (1984-2004). He thus became one of Biya’s longest serving Ministers and the longest serving head of that Ministerial department which became synonymous to his name.
Born in 1937 in the town of Banyo in the Adamawa Region, Hamadjouda Adjoudji attended the Banyo and Ngaoundéré Regional schools before moving to Garoua for Secondary Education and later on at the Lycée Leclerc where Paul Biya also studied.
He later on enrolled into the Ecole Nationale Véterinaire d’Alfort (ENVA) where he obtained a Doctoral Degree in Veterinary Medicine and a Diploma from L’Institute’ Elevage et de Medécine Véterinair des Pays Tropicaux (IEMVT) all in France.
In 1969, he regained Cameroon where he held several posts of responsibility including Director General of Animal Production at the Animal Production Development and Exportation Company (SODEPA) between 1974 and 1984 before being appointed Minister of Livestock, Fisheries and Animal Husbandry.
Although being dropped from the Government, Paul Biya still compensated him with a series of high profile positions including Board Chairman of the Public Contracts Regulatory Agency and the University of Ngaoundéré.
He would be remembered as an unwavering ally of Biya who in 2016 rallied his countrymen in Yaoundé to denounce instigators of the Grand North memo criticising Biya.