Posted by www.equatorialguineaonline.com – October 11th, 2013
On the morning of Thursday, October 10, two days before the national holiday, some of the most important and emblematic works undertaken in Malabo were inaugurated: the boardwalk, the Ministries of Finance and Information, and the headquarters of the Democratic Party of Guinea Equatorial. All the inauguration events were attended by the President of the Nation and his wife.
The day of October 10 in Malabo was, without a doubt, long and intense, due to the long tour that the presidential entourage made to open all the works already completed, because of the October 12 national holiday, National Independence Day.
Besides the President, accompanied on this occasion by the First Lady, Constancia Mangue de Obiang, the leading personalities of the country were also in this multiple inauguration ceremony, beginning with the two Vice-Presidents, Ignacio Milam Tang and Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue. Also, the new Secretary-General of the Democratic Party of Equatorial Guinea (PDGE), Jerónimo Osa Osa Ecoro, in his first appearance as such in a public ceremony, the Prime Minister of the Government, Vicente Ehate Tomi, and most of the ministers. Among those present were the Minister of Public Works and Infrastructures, Juan Nko Mbula, who provided important information about each of the constructions.
The first stop of the large delegation was the new headquarters of the great building of the Ministry of Finance, built by the Chinese company Dalian, whose head also provided construction data, the Minister of the department, Marcelino Owono Edu, received the presidential couple in what will be his new workplace and showed the facilities to the delegation.
The next place visited was the large new PDGE building in Malabo II, recently completed, and where Jeronimo Osa Osa Ecoro, the new Secretary-General, received the President and founder of the party, who cut the ribbon. With the applause of the many followers of the party, Osa Osa Ecoro also made his first public speech as Secretary-General, to highlight the greatness of this building and remember that the party had never had such an important workplace, a symbol of the evolution of the party and the country.
The new Secretary-General addressed all his predecessors, especially Lucas Nguema Esono, during whose time in the party the building was constructed. For his part, the President also thanked the construction company for the working conditions and the for having provided part of the budget, and also recalled that in 25 years, the PDGE has never had such an important location as this in which to carry out their work. A building which H.E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo defined as “everyone’s home“.
Teobaldo Nchaso Matomba was the next Minister, along with the presidential couple, to star in the opening of the brand new Department of Information, Press and Radio, in an emotional event for its professionals. President Obiang recalled that the professionals of this ministry had complained many times of having inadequate facilities, and expressed the hope that, now that they have them, they can do a good job.
Another key point was the visit to the stands at the boardwalk, which will become the much needed lung for all the inhabitants of Malabo, and, although it has been officially inaugurated by the President, it will receive the full christening on October 12, during the parade that will be held to celebrate the historic occasion of the 45th Anniversary of the National Independence. On the boardwalk, built by SOMAGEC, H.E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo highlighted the fact that, for the first time, most of the elements, starting with the pavement, are of national origin, which, besides showing a breakthrough in the industrialization of the country, has helped to cut the price of the project significantly.
In addition to the mentioned inaugurations, there were also events for the symbolic laying of the first stones of works that will start now, such as the expansion of the headquarters of the Chamber of Deputies, that of the IMPIGE and of the National Bank of Equatorial Guinea (BANGE).