H.E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo went on Tuesday, April 7, to speak with the students of the National University of Equatorial Guinea (UNGE) and to obtain first-hand information on the origin of the problems that, in recent months, this academic institution has known.
The meeting with the university students, which was also attended by some members of the Government and advisers of the Head of State, is held mainly due to the need to solve the problems of the UNGE and to show the will of the Government to continue offering support to the academic institution to achieve the objectives posed since its creation.
The meeting between President of the Republic and the students was held in the Auditorium of the university, in presence of the Second Deputy Prime Minister, for the Social Affairs, in his capacity as the Minister of Education and Science, Lucas Nguema Esono. Also present were members of the university leadership, beginning with the Rector, Carlos Nze Nsuga and faculty members.
A representative of the university students was the first speaker who, on behalf of his fellow students apologized for the erroneous conduct of some young people of the institution, and recognized the efforts made by the Government to promote quality training in the country.
As for the scholarships, a subject that has motivated the problems recorded in the UNGE, H.E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo began by recalling that in Equatorial Guinea education is free, and that, in addition, the Government has established an incentive –not a scholarship- for two situations: in the first place, for the students who obtain excellent grades; in the second place, for the students whose families lack sufficient economic means to defray the costs of university education.
At any rate, the President informed all the students that, from that time, the committee in charge of the payment of these incentives will be comprised by representatives of the Presidency of the Republic, in addition to member of the UNGE and the Minister of Education and Science.
Besides inviting the young people of the different areas of study to get to know the present reality of the world, the President said that the best goal is the obtaining of a university degree, because “we want there to be intellectuals that promote the good socioeconomic development of the Nation”. To do this, the President also directed the students-heirs of the nation to persist with their studies, get their diplomas and serve the people of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea.
The Head of State also addressed the teachers, whom he invited to transmit knowledge to the young people, as well as to avoid violent vindications taking place: “A professor should have high morals, be a person that unites the best qualities and ideas for the stability of a country”, H.E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo told them.
Text: Maria Jesus Nsang
Photos: Manuel Mangue (Presidential Press Equipment)
Transmission: Clemente Ela Ondo Onguene (D. G. Base Internet)
Equatorial Guinea’s Press and Information Office