At CRID, top management has demonstrated a strong desire to show appreciation for the most outstanding members of staff.
On the occasion of the 135th edition of the International Labour Day, celebrated on 1st May, 2021, the Centre for Research in Infectious Diseases (CRID) went one step forward during a ceremony organized at its premises to reward some outstanding staff based on five categories who have positively influenced the growth, performance and achievements of the organisation.
This action came as a surprise to all the awardees because it was the first ever since the inception of the organisation. The honouring of the most outstanding staff took place in a particular context. Based on the general opinion of all the staff, COVID-19 has put everyone to test. Here, as in other parts of the world, the pandemic has made it more difficult to carry out tasks and meet urgent agendas. The Executive Director of CRID, Prof. Charles Wondji, did not fail to recognize that this situation has been much more of a “challenge”. He thanked the staff as a whole and particularly those who have been exemplary.
This occasion was therefore a unique moment and opportunity to appreciate the efforts made by everyone in order to “move the CRID towards a prosperous path” he explains. In addition, speaking to the staff, he added that, “if we continue to work hard, we will achieve greater things” and it is also a moment of sharing experiences. “When you work, it is not only for CRID but tell yourself that you are doing it for yourself,” says Professor Charles Wondji.
These words captivated the attention of the audience and demonstrated without a doubt the importance of such occasion; though it was modest and sober. Falenne Yinike Kwalar was honoured as the best staff of the year; Dr Menze Benjamin, Dr Tchouakui Magellan, and Dr Nguete Daniel were acknowledged as new “Doctors or PhD holders”. Dr Ndo Cyrille was recognised as the researcher with the most impressive project. The most outstanding student of the year was awarded to Leon Mugenzi (1st), Aurelie Yougang (2nd) and Francis Nkemngo (3rd). The Best Technician of the Year was awarded to Bertrand Mbakam while Dr Basile Kamgang was recognised as the best researcher at CRID.
This afternoon, there was an exhilaration at CRID couple with standing ovation and tears of joy. However, It should be noted that, for most of the staff, this is was a symbol of what is obvious.
In Cameroon, the 2021 edition of Labour Day was commemorated under the theme: “The world of work and the Covid-19 pandemic: guaranteeing the health of workers, a major challenge in the presentation of achievements in companies“. However, at CRID, beyond the “achievements”, there are dreams. Not just any dreams, but only beautiful dreams. We can never say it enough, only work pays. Long live to job well done! Long live excellence.