The official handover of office at the Department of Culture and Craft Promotion to the minister, Rufino Ndong Esono Nchama, by the Secretary of State, Jose Antonio Esono Abeso, took place on Friday 31st March.
The Secretary of State, Jose Antonio Esono Abeso, representing the ex minister Guillermina Mekuy Mba, gave Rufino Ndong Esono Nchama, the briefcase accrediting him officially as head of department.
The act, which took place at the meeting room at the Equatoguinean Cultural Centre (CCEG) in Malabo, was witnessed by director generals, heads of areas, and personnel from the headquarters and cultural centres.
Esono Abeso, in his speech, declared that “in the name of and representing Her Excellency Guillermina Mekuy Mba Obono, it is a great honour to make this handover to the current minister Rufino Ndong Esono Nchama, with the objective of continuing to re-energise the work of our department”.
Ndong Esono Nchama highlighted the importance of the meeting, which he described as friendly and informative: “firstly, I would like to thank, as I did at the first meeting with personnel, the Head of State and of the Government, H. E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, for the trust shown in placing me at the head of this ministerial department, in accordance with the circumstances met by myself. The Ministry for Culture and Craft Promotion is a ministry which we must polish and get the best from; it is a ministry which includes professionals with whom excellent work can be done. We must continue to work together in harmony, in order to meet the objectives set out by the Head of State for this department”.
With respect to the hierarchy, Ndong Esono said that “figures deserve to be respected before, during and after their political responsibilities, as they have, in one way or another, held responsibilities in various departments and different areas”.
The meeting was attended by the General Secretary from the ministry, Manuel Cristobal Morgades Ichaca, among other figures.
Source: Official Web Page of the Government of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea