Africa-Press – Angola. The project “Oficina do Conhecimento”, a space for debate on citizenship, created by academic Osvaldo Mboco, held, on Thursday, at the Mediateca 28 de Agosto, in Luanda, a roundtable on the “State of the Nation”, which served as a antechamber to tomorrow, when the President of the Republic addresses a message on the State of the Nation, in the National Assembly, on the occasion of the opening of the new legislative year.
Journalist Reginaldo Silva, deputies Milonga Bernardo (MPLA), Faustino Mumbika (UNITA), and political scientist Diavita Jorge were the main speakers at the event, which was mostly attended by university students. The speakers presented their expectations regarding what they would like to hear tomorrow in the speech of the President of the Republic, on the State of the Nation, to be addressed to the country from the National Assembly.
Reginaldo Silva said he hopes that the President of the Republic’s speech will focus on what he called the “state of the Nation itself”, as, in his opinion, it is an element that has been left out in the speeches made so far. “My main expectation is for the Head of State to speak a little more about the state in which the majority of Angolans find themselves, in the social and economic domains. “We have a country with many basic problems and it is important to look at the Nation from that point of view”, he stressed.
The journalist also said he hoped that the President of the Republic would transmit to the citizens the current assessment of the country and the respective proposals for solutions to the problems. “I think that little is said about the State of the Nation. More is said about the state the country is in, from the point of view of the Government’s achievements”, he said.
Unlike Reginaldo Silva’s point of view, deputy Milonga Bernardo believes that the President of the Republic, based on privileged information available to the most varied ministerial departments, should make a speech that allows Angolans to have an idea about the real state of the Nation. “But rather than presenting us with the real state of the Nation, I think that the Head of State should bring to citizens what will be the policies to be drawn up and the lines with which they will be sewn for the next General State Budget (OGE)”, he clarified. The politician, who debuts as a deputy in the legislature that “starts” tomorrow, showed that he had no doubts that the speech will pay special attention to solutions to social problems and convey a message of tolerance in the face of the political moment that the country has just experienced. “You know that at the time of the electoral campaign, tempers rise a little and a message of tolerance, at that time, helps”, he emphasized.
For UNITA deputy Faustino Mumbika, his expectation in relation to the speech on the State of the Nation basically involves the announcement of the implementation of local authorities in the country. The politician Diavita Jorge recalled that the speech on the State of the Nation is a diagnosis that the President will make of the multiple sectors that make up the entire administrative structure of the State, as well as projections on the development and macroeconomic balance that the country is currently facing. He said, however, that he hopes that the speech will devote attention to the social and economic sector. “Expectations are very high,” he stressed.
The mentor of the “Oficina do Conhecimento” project, Osvaldo Mboco, clarified that the idea of the theme is embodied in the preview of what will be the speech of the President of the Republic.
“We do this exercise on purpose, just a few days away from the President of the Republic’s decision, as a way, also, for the Angolans themselves to reflect on the State of the Nation”, said the academic, recalling that this type of exercise is already in its fourth edition. .
Citizens Eagerly Await The Speech
Many citizens who participated in the round table, said they were very expectant in relation to the themes that will dominate the speech of the President of the Republic on the State of the Nation. Meireles Sequesseque, a lawyer by profession, said he was anxious about the news that should be announced by the Head of State in the context of improvements in the social sector, especially for hospitals. Despite recognizing the investment made so far in this sector, Meireles Sequesseque believes that the effort, in this sense, must continue.
From the President of the Republic, the jurist said that he would also like to hear “one-off solutions” related to jobs for young people. other solutions should also include support for art makers. David Sambongo said that for a few days now he had been concerned about the rise in some food products and, therefore, he would like to hear from the President on this matter. “The idea is to listen to the vision and strategy to be adopted by the Head of State, to face this problem and, with that, guarantee food self-sufficiency in the country”, he clarified. the reform of the state,
Nil Sandra Silva, student of Management and Human Resources, also said that he hopes to hear from the President of the Republic solutions to the problem of unemployment as, in his opinion, it is one of the issues that very disturbs the youth. “I would also like to hear from the President regarding proposals to solve the problems that affect the education and health sectors”, she concluded.