The laying of the first stone at the start of the project, within the framework of the new Equatorial Guinea Horizonte 2035 development plan, took place on Tuesday 30th July by the presidential couple, who went to the area to personally oversee the solemn ceremony within the framework of activities drawn up to mark the 40th Anniversary of the Freedom Coup, on 3rd August.
According to the Managing Director of the Asian company Ssangyong, in charge of the project, it is set to take 36 months. The new terminal will have three floors and will cover a total area of 42,300 square metres.
The Minister for Public Works, Diosdado Nsue Medja, in his report, declared that the new passenger terminal in Bata would be able of handling around 2 million passengers per year.
This work is part of the development programme that the Government is planning for Equatorial Guinea”, said the Head of State, in his reflections to mark the occasion of the ceremony.
At another moment he declared that the Government was building airports at various points in the country in order to cut distances and facilitate journeys by the people throughout national territory, and thus the new passenger terminal was part of the commitment by the Government to modernise the city of Bata.
Furthermore, H. E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo invited the population to value the transformation that the Government was promoting in the country, and asked each person to contribute their grain of sand.
Following a priest’s blessing, the presidential couple laid the first stones to start the work.
The ceremony was attended by the Vice-President of the Republic, Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue, the presidents of constitutional bodies, members of the Government, leaders of political parties, the PDGE General Secretary, and authorities from the Province of Litoral and the District of Bata.
The construction of the new passenger terminal at Bata International Airport came about following the signing in Sipopo-Malabo of an agreement regarding the project between the Government of Equatorial Guinea and the Central African States Development Bank, signed during the III National Economic Conference.
Source: Equatorial Guinea Press and Information Office