The 25 new ministers and ministers of State, recently appointed through Decree number 16/2018, of 6th February, have been sworn in before H. E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, Head of State.
The new ministers and ministers of State promised collectively to work with loyalty and responsibility in the sectors entrusted to them by the Presidency of the Republic.
In his instructions during the ceremony, the President of the Republic declared that the new Government team had great challenges to face, and must find solutions to the problems that the people of Equatorial Guinea are currently experiencing.
We have decided to reduce the number in the team due to the situation of austerity. We want the new team to implement actions with enthusiasm, and for each one to organise the field of its management”, declared the Equatoguinean President.
He also referred to the creation of national companies, and the need to find a solution to unemployment. Teamwork, the search for strategies to improve the economy of the country, the need to provide a new boost to the democratic process, the perfection of services in the social sectors such as health and education, improving services for the population, and the reprogramming of the Horizonte 2020 Development Plan, all formed part of the instructions given by H. E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo.
With regards to the fight against corruption, the Head of State invited the 25 ministers to ensure that the income collected from each sector went to the State coffers, and that, according to his words, “a post is not held for personal benefit”.
The ceremony was attended by the Vice-President of the Republic, H. E. Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue, the presidents of the upper and lower Chambers, Teresa Efua Asangono and Gaudencio Mohaba, the Prime Minister, advisers to the Head of State’s Office, and the General Secretary of the PDGE, Jeronimo Osa Osa Ecoro, among others.
Some of the figures swearing in had been appointed as members of the Government for the first time:
Simeon Oyono Esono, who was Ambassador to Ethiopia and before the African Union, is now Minister for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation. Alejandro Bacale Ncogo, who was General Inspector of the Armed Forces on the Continental Region, is from this moment head of the Ministry for National Defence. Lucas Abaga Nchama has left the post of Adviser to the Presidency of the Republic in Financial Matters, to hold the post of Minister for Finance, the Economy and Planning. Maria Consuelo Nguema Oyana is the mew Minister for Social Affairs and Gender Equality; when appointed she was a deputy in the geopolitical zone “C” of Mbini; and Leandro Mico Angue leaves the General Directorate for Civil Aviation to take up the post of chief minister in the sector.
Source: Official Web Page of the Government of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea