25 February 2013

Angola: Luanda Deemed Province With Least Number of Implemented Poverty Fight Programmes

Waku Kungo — Luanda is the province with the lest number of implemented poverty fight programmes, said last Sunday the Commerce minister, Rosa Pacavira, at the 4th National Meeting to Assess the Integrated Municipal Development Programme and Fight against Poverty (PMIDCP), happening since last Friday in Wako Kungo, central Kwanza Sul Province.

According to the minister, compared to the actions carried out by the seventeen provinces of the country, in the ambit of the poverty fight programme, the Luanda Province did the least in this area.

Reacting to Rosa Pacavira, the municipal administrator of Viana, José Moreno, said that in the framework of the fight against poverty his administration has been rehabilitating schools and classrooms, as well as building new classrooms with a view to enabling more children to join the formal education system.

In terms of the health sector, he said, Viana has municipal services that help to strengthen the offer and improvement of health structures and their maintenance.

These actions, he explained, have enabled to avoid running out of stocks in logistical terms, which used to be frequent.

As regards the Cazenga Municipality, its administrator, Nataniel Narciso, revealed that his poverty fight programme was accomplished by 100 per cent.

"This is reflected in 79 repaired classrooms, 8 new classrooms, 3 new schools with ten classrooms each, the painting of all medical centres (based in Cazenga municipality), building of two sports courts, building of two community laundries, two public toilets and 32 community kitchens", explained the administrator.

In his opinion, in making those statements, the minister might have taken into account general data.

"It is possible that the minister spoke in general terms (...). Something is not right in terms of the data, perhaps the Luanda Province data did not reach the minister", justified the Cazenga Municipality administrator.

The 2012 State's General Budget allocated to each municipality of Luanda 280 million kwanzas (roughly USD 280.000).

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