On 15th July, the Presidential couple visited the Urban District of Oyala, in order to thank its inhabitants for their renewed trust in the Democratic Party of Equatorial Guinea during the latest elections. The visit was pending from the latest tour by the President of the Republic, H. E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo.
Various figures and the population from the area supported the Head of State and the First Lady wife on this visit, whose aim is to thank the inhabitants of Oyala for their renewed trust placed in the PDGE during the presidential elections, and to get to know their needs and place the first stones for various buildings in this small administrative city.
An elder from the area was responsible for welcoming the presidential couple and expressing gratitude for including Oyala on the list of places raised to the rank of urban district. At the end of his speech, he offered a ceremonial staff to H. E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, and a hand-crafted basket to the First Lady, along with various food products.
To speak of the Urban District of Oyala is to speak of a personal project of the Head of State, who designed and carried out this huge programme to bring the population closer to public administration services, basic social infrastructures, community living, health and schooling, with the intention of eradicating poverty and achieving social well-being, according to Fidel Nsue Micha, Vice-Minister for Public Works and Infrastructures, in his report on the costs and characteristics of the work.
In his speech, Obiang Nguema Mbasogo said that “We have to thank God for providing these facilities, for keeping the peace that is currently enjoyed in Equatorial Guinea, for the harmony, for the happy coexistence, for the progress that Equatorial Guinea is currently experiencing”, and as he added, this is a special, incomparable fact, because very few countries are experiencing this type of progress: I believe God is with us, despite the crisis that has paralysed a little our project of making Equatorial Guinea a great country, a country of progress, a country that is a benchmark on the African continent, which it is, according to the comments of many Africans who have come to our country, and have seen the work we are doing, and which I believe are accepted by the people of Equatorial Guinea”.
The President also spoke about the creation of the Province of Djibloho, of which he said that nobody could have believed that it would reach the level it is at today: Much has been done and there is a lot still to do, but the structure can now be seen, which was difficult to plan; the structure already shows that this place is to become a great city, with different characteristics to other cities of the nation”.
The Head of State also made it clear that, despite the crisis, they decided to continue with the construction, thanks to the support of a friendly country, the People’s Republic of China. H. E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo expressed his hope that the Chinese company carrying out the work was going to do top quality work, so that the implementation of these projects was satisfactory with respect to durability and the use of quality materials.
Djibloho, as an administrative capital, is already a reality, because we have here members of the Government who are working in the administration, and the citizens of this area no longer have to go to Malabo and Bata, because from here you can now deal with administrative matters here in the capital of Djibloho. That means it is a central point which cuts the distance between all the cities of the nation’s geography. For that reason we have created this capital, because the administration also needs a guarantee of security, and this place meets those conditions”, the Head of State also said.
In addition to opening some of the buildings already built in Djibloho, the presidential couple laid the first stones for the construction of the administrative city of Oyala and the headquarters for the ministries of Foreign Affairs, Mines, National Security, Defence, Finance and Budgets, Interior and Local Corporations, Public Works and Infrastructures, Social Affairs and Gender Equality, Agriculture, Livestock and Food, and the General State Treasury.
Source: Official Web Page of the Government of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea