Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Equatorial Guinea Troops Offered a Better Deal

  Top Defense Official Promises to Improve Living Conditions for Better Behavior

Equatorial Guinea’s second vice president, the country’s top national security official, Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue, toured military barracks last week promising better living conditions in exchange for better behavior.

He stated that the armed forces needed a better image, which would come with more professionalism and better behavior on the part of all members of the military at all ranks. In expressing his commitment to improving their living conditions, pay and benefits, he said,  “I will build hospitals, schools, modern pharmacies and company stores where the soldier will feel at ease.”

Equatorial Guinea has worked to improve a number of industries and national sectors in recent months, including military living conditions. The government has also worked to enhance telecommunications by establishing GITGE (Management and Maintenance of Telecommunication Infrastructures organization in Equatorial Guinea) and the public health sector by awarding scientists the UNESCO-Equatorial Guinea prize to continue their work in addressing global health issues.