During the afternoon session of the first day of the VI PDGE Ordinary National Congress, following the constitution of the table, made up of H. E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo as President; Vice-Presidents A�ngel Serafin Seriche and Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue; Secretaries, Jeronimo Osa Osa Ecoro and Jesusa Obono Engono and Reporters Alejandro Evuna Owono, Agustin Nze Nfumu, Santiago Nsobeya Efuman, Teresa Efua Asangono and Anacleto Olo Mibuy, there was a speech by the Prime Minister of the Government, Charged with Administrative Coordination, Francisco Pascual Obama Asue.
The Prime Minister, who made a brilliant, rousing speech, began by asking for applause for the grassroots militants, as in his words “it is they who maintain the party”. Obama Asue affirmed that the current context of crisis must not stop development, but demand the efforts of all, beginning with members of the Government.
The period has not been easy, and there are many challenges, but greater still is our determination and faith in the vision of the President Founder, always acting for the benefit of our beloved people”, stated the Prime Minister.
He then gave a detailed account of the activities carried out by the Executive, which involved the continuation of the development programme regarding Horizonte 2020, dividing the activities into four sectors; public, productive, social and infrastructures.
With respect to the public sector, he referred to the appointment of 597 officials to the administration; the programme of elimination of duplicate jobs; the permanent action of training for public officials; a continuation of the purchase of equipment to computerise the public administration; the expansion of the TV signal; the creation of urban districts; the opening of fire stations, and the legalisation of three new political parties, among other achievements.
In relation to the productive sector, key to sustainable development, he spoke about the construction of the fish market in Ela Nguema; the construction of a university centre for 500 students in Mongomo; the provision of over 200 grants to study abroad; the execution of 36 social projects, and financial and technical audits in state companies, in order to examine their viability.
In the social sector he said that there had been the launch of the teaching programme in Equatorial Guinea for 7,000 teachers; the acquisition of 250,000 textbooks for ESBA; and the purchase of 15 ambulances, medical material, and anti-viral medicines. In the fight against tuberculosis, they had purchased a huge batch of medicine, and had made progress in vaccination campaigns against polio. The Government managed to provide work for 1,225 unemployed people. Four new professional training centres have been created, and there have been courses in indigenous languages.
In the infrastructures sector, which serves to support the economic development of a country, he referred to the delegation from the International Monetary Fund, which was in our nation and praised the Government, because the infrastructures in Equatorial Guinea will allow it to emerge from the crisis quickly. With regards to these, he mentioned that 55 urban districts have been developed; and work carried out in the Perez neighbourhood in Malabo; the completion of a drinking water treatment plant in Malabo; 2,000 water connections in the city of Bata; the opening of the Higher Institute of Telecommunications in Djibloho; optical fibre cables between Malabo and Bata; the construction of various roads and bridges throughout the nation; the new terminal at Malabo International Airport, which will allow the transit of 800,000 to 3,000,000 visitors per year; the construction of 528 social houses in Malabo and Bata; the hospital in Sampaka; the construction of 52 primary education centres and the construction of 55 town halls in urban districts.
Obama Asue placed spacial emphasis on the creation of urban districts as a key element in decentralisation, as development vectors for the rural population, a model which will serve as an example for other countries.
In conclusion, he expressed his indignation at the campaign against the Vice-President of the Republic and against Equatorial Guinea, and he asked where these NGOs had been when the country was going through the hardest of times.
Source: Official Web Page of the Government of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea