Last Friday, April 10, the President of the Republic, H.E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, presided over the Extraordinary Council of Ministers in which the remodeling of the government was announced. During the meeting, issues were also taken up such as the economic recession and State security.
After the meeting of the Council of Ministers, the Minister of Information, Press and Radio, as the Spokesman of the Government, Teobaldo Nchaso Matomba, expanded to the communication media on the subjects discussed in this council meeting, which had the presence of the First Vice President of the Republic, for Presidential Affairs, Ignacio Milam Tang; the Second Vice President, for State Security and Defense, Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue; the First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior and Local Corporation, Clemente Engonga Nguema Onguene; the Second Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Education, Lucas Nguema Esono Mbang and Third Deputy Prime Minister for Human Rights, Alfonso Nsue Mokuy.
State Ministers, Vice Ministers and Delegate Ministers also attended the Council of Ministers. The Head of State, H.E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, inaugurated the meeting that, according to the agenda, had three subjects to discuss: the remodeling of the Government; the need to make efforts in putting into practice measures to alleviate the economic recession, and the need to adopt strategies to improve the security of our country.
On the issue of remodeling the Government, the Minister of Information, Press and Radio and Spokesman of the Government, Teobaldo Nchaso Matomba, ensured that the Head of State stated that it dealt with timely changes, that were due to the new dynamism necessary so that the Government remains active, stating that the destination of public servants, such as soldiers, can be changed at any time, since the posts or destinations are not permanent.
-“We have achieved a level of development that surprises our own people and foreigners, and this development cannot stagnate, we must work more to continue advancing,” said Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, who also expressed his disagreement with the form in which some members of the Government direct the ministry departments under their responsibility.
In relation to the economic recession, H.E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo assured that the drop in oil prices has affected our economy, and it is necessary to control expenditures and improve revenues; however, he recalled that there were departments that had extravagant expenditure proposals for an economic context of recession.
On the subject of security, the Head of State advised the adoption of measures to improve it, a task that involves all the Equatoguineans. “The instability in Africa and the mistrust of those that do not like the development of Equatorial Guinea constitute the fertilizer for the destabilization plans of our country”, affirmed the President of the Republic and, to avoid them, he asked them to be vigilant in view of these maneuvers and be able in this way give an adequate response.
Furthermore, during the council meeting, Obiang Nguema Mbasogo gave guidelines to the Government on the work to improve the economic results and fight against corruption, and also referred to the necessary contribution of everyone to the economic development of Equatorial Guinea. He also asked the members of the Government for greater involvement in order to overcome the economic recession and the security challenges that many African countries are facing.
Text and photo: Clemente Ela Ondo Onguene (D. G. Base Internet)
Equatorial Guinea’s Press and Information Office