Faced with the scandal of abuses in the felling of oveng or bubinga, woods which are highly appreciated for their musical properties, together with many commercial uses, such as for inlays, carpentry, floors and musical instruments -the indiscriminate felling of which is prohibited under both national and international legislation-, the Prime Minister of the Government, Charged with Administrative Coordination, Francisco Pascual Obama Asue, held his first meeting on the morning of 21st October with the executive from the Ministry for Agriculture, Livestock, Forests and the Environment, led by the chief and vice-minister Nicolas Houtondji Acapo and Santiago Francisco Engonga Esono, respectively.
Following that, regarding the public management of water, the project to create a national company or the management of drinking water and the future charging of the consumer, the Prime Minister met with heads from the Interior and Public Works ministries, Faustino Ndong Esono and Diosdado Nsue Medja, and chiefs from the companies responsible for the water supply in the city of Bata, such as Somagec GE, and authorities and leaders from the urban districts in the city.
During the meeting, Obama Asue asked for a presentation of a study of the tariffs in order to implement the charging for the consumption of drinking water by the user, pointing out that the Government could not continue to supply water without compensation, and given that it deals with providing the people with the infrastructures necessary for safe living, in the same was as with electricity, communications and food, water is a vital element whose consumption must also be paid for.
With the corresponding studies presented, they will continue with a pilot project in the city of Bata, in order to evaluate the progressive introduction of payment for the consumption of water throughout national territory.
Source: Official Web Page of the Government of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea