Former ONPC Boss Laid to Rest in Song Dibong

The body of Siegfried Roussel Dibong, former Director General of the National Ports Authority that was popularly known by its French acronym as ONPC, was laid to rest in his native village, Song Dibong in Lekie Division of the Centre Region on Saturday April 9, 2016. Siegfried Dibong who was ONPC Director General from 1985 to 1993 died in Yaounde on 21 March this year.

The burial ceremony of the erudite engineer was attended by a massive and highly diversified crowd that included former Ministers, elite and rank and file mourners who all joined family members and an impressive number of church Ministers to bid farewell to eternity to him.

Different eulogies that were delivered by friends, acquaintances, colleagues  and family members at the church service that preceded the burial did not only trace the man’s life in its diversified character as student, Paris trained engineer, Director General, husband and father but qualified him as a great man who remained humble and dedicated to God in everything he did.

One of them, Prof. Joel Moutlen a childhood friend to the deceased with whom he shared so many things in common drew both sympathy and storms of applause from mourners when in a well crafted eulogy embedded in graphic details he recapitulated his friend’s life from anonymity in the Bassa land to national stardom in Cameroon. To his son, Julien Siegfried Dibong, there was nothing to mourn about his father’s demise but time to celebrate the man’s well accomplished life that is fully immortalized in humanitarian works everywhere.

Charles Michaux Njoh Moukoko, Deputy Director General of the Port Authority of Douala who spoke on behalf of the Director General who was held back by imperative professional issues described Mr. Siegfried Roussel Dibong who was Director General of the defunct ONPC from 1985 to 1993 as one of the architects of the modernization of the port of Douala.

All these flowery testimonies inspired veteran Simon Bolivar Njamin Nwandji of the EPC, one time Secretary of State for Public Health who preached at the burial to call on mourners to remain humble in whatever they do here on earth which is just a transit point.

And in this transit point Mr. Dibong held several posts of responsibility during his active life. He was Secretary General in the Ministry of Equipment from 1980 to 1985, Lecturer at Polytechnic in Yaounde from 1976 to 1978, Secretary General in the Ministry of Equipment and Housing from 1975 to 1980 among other posts where he gave a human touch to the services he rendered and through that influence so many people who were in Song Dibong to bid him nunc dimitis to eternity. He is survived by six children and fifteen grand children.