Third phase brings new-roof campaign to remote island.
MALABO, Equatorial Guinea, Dec. 20, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue, Second Vice President of Equatorial Guinea, Head of Defense and State Security, has expanded the national zinc sheet distribution to the island of Annobon.
This government-led initiative aims to improve living conditions for impoverished families throughout the nation by donating zinc sheets to replace the nipa roofs on rural houses.
"The zinc roof campaign is part of the government's efforts to improve the living conditions of our country," said Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue. "We will continue to work on other social projects such as building schools in these rural areas and providing access to drinking water installations."
The zinc roof campaign has broadly covered the continental areas of the country and the island of Bioko, and is now in its third phase with the expansion into the remote island of Annobon. Thousands of zinc sheets have been donated and other services provided to improve health, education and sanitation.
The Second Vice President has spearheaded the campaign and the implementation of the various social projects that have accompanied it. The public-private initiative is carried out with support from international oil companies and is part of the government's efforts to improve living conditions and generally raise the standard of living, especially in rural areas.
About Equatorial Guinea
The Republic of Equatorial Guinea (Republica de Guinea Ecuatorial) is the only Spanish-speaking country in Africa, and one of the smallest nations on the continent. In the late-1990s, American companies helped discover the country's oil and natural gas resources, which only within the last five years began contributing to the global energy supply. Equatorial Guinea is now working to serve as a pillar of stability and security in its region of West Central Africa. The country hosted the 2011 Summit of the African Union. For more information, visit http://www.guineaecuatorialpress.com.
SOURCE Republic of Equatorial Guinea