On 3rd December, in the city of Bata, the Head of State, H. E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, oversaw the opening ceremony for an adhesive cement factory, a national but private initiative project, by the Evita Group.
The ceremony was attended by members of the Government, provincial, district and municipal authorities from Litoral, and the PDGE General Secretary, Jerónimo Osa Osa Ecoro, together with various choirs and dance groups.
The introduction, in accordance with protocol, included words of welcome and gratitude from Honorato Evita Oma, the project developer, in which he recalled that the group had begun as a company importing tiles, paint and cement, until after several meetings this project for the construction and industrialisation of the industrial plant associated with various national companies came about, involving graduate technicians from the National University of Equatorial Guinea, polytechnic schools, and other universities in Spain.
The technical report and speech by the Minister for Industry and Energy, Miguel Ekua Ondo, revealed that both the construction and fitting out of this factory had been carried out in a period of 24 months, costing 4,800 million Franco CFA provided by the Evita Group.
The factory has three floors or robotised sections, in accordance with global technological standards, and has a production capacity of 15 tons per hour.
Its main materials are limestone and sand, which can be found throughout national territory, together with Portland cement, which is manufactured by the company Abayak, also national.
The President of the Republic began his reflections by congratulating Honorato Evita Oma, as developer of the project, and affirmed that he was at the ceremony to do economic policy canvassing, as the Evita Group initiative highlights the political reality of national economic diversification.
He also invited economic authorities and the Government to adopt protectionist measures for these initiatives, as national products of this nature should not have competition in the country’s markets, and thus their import should be regulated.
At another point in his reflections, H. E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo invited this example to be copied, to invest in society and purchase Equatoguinean real estate.
Following a priest’s blessing and the cutting or the ceremonial ribbon, the Head of State and his entourage toured the facilities, guided by Honorato Evita Oma and technicians from each section.
The occasion was also used to extend to the leader of the nation the certificate of Honorary President of the Evita Group.
After the unveiling of the commemorative plaque and demonstrations of robotised materials, the opening ceremony for the EvitaCol plant came to an end.
Text: Deogracias Ekomo
Photos: Miguel Ángel Mba Onva
(Presidential Press Team)
Equatorial Guinea Press and Information Office