On the morning of Wednesday 27th February, the Prime Minister of the Government, Charged with Administrative Coordination, Francisco Pascual Obama Asue, visited some of the social residences in the area of Peaje Sipopo, to check in the state of deterioration in one of the blocks.
A block of social housing in the area of the Sipopo road already has cracks affecting the base of the construction, and several families are living in the building. For that reason, the Prime Minister visited the place to express his indignation at the construction company China Dalian and the Equatoguinean company in charge of supervision.
Obama Asue also urged the Ministry for Public Works, Housing and Town Planning to sanction the companies responsible both for maintenance and construction. The constructor would have to pay the State a sum corresponding to 20% of the total budget for the work, and the supervising company would lose the contract, in addition to an economic sanction.
According to bosses at China Dalian, the deterioration does not affect the structure of the building, and they argued that the cracks are due to the backfilling of land. This explanation did not convince the Prime Minister.
In order to prevent a tragic event, Obama Asue ordered the removal of the residents from the affected building, urging China Dalian to assume its responsibility, not only for the repair of the imperfections in a period of no longer than one month, but also with respect to covering the costs deriving from the removal of the families.
During this visit, which also included the presence of the Vice-minister for Public Works, Housing and Town Planning, Enrique Ovono Ondo, the Prime Minister instructed the engineers at the ministry to inspect all the buildings in the area in order to determine their condition.
Source: Equatorial Guinea Press and Information Office