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Opening Gamba: Inauguration in Mayonami of the Ferry ‘’Le Gamba’.

On Saturday, June 22th, 2013, as part of the inauguration and launch activities of the Ferry Landing Craft (LCT)'' Le Gamba’’, acquired by the Departmental Council Ndougou, the town of Gamba had the honor of hosting four members of the Gabonese Government as well as members of the Directorate of the National Society of Domestic and International Navigation (CNNI), the agency responsible for operating the boat.

The ministerial delegation was composed of Mr. Etienne Ngoubou, Minister for Energy, Petroleum and Water Resources, Mr. Désiré Guedon, Delegate Minister of the Ministry of Economy, Employment and Sustainable Development, Mr. Jean Emmanuel Biye, director of Transportation at the Ministry of Investment Promotion of Housing and Tourism, and Mr. Love Popa Ntzoutsi Mouyama, Delegate Minister of the Ministry of Interior, Public Security, Immigration and Decentralization. Also present were Madame Odette Polo Pandzou, Mayor of Gamba and Mr Mavoungou Mavoungou, Prefect of Ndougou and Martial Gnoundou Hughes, Chairman of Council of the Department of Ndougou.

The distinguished guests were warmly welcomed by both the local authorities of Gamba and members of the Leadership Team of Shell Gabon. The ferry “Le Gamba” will facilitate in the opening up of the city of Gamba, improve the mobility of local people and ease the transport of supplies to this city. Shell Gabon will provide logistical support in the operation of this boat in collaboration with the Council of the Dept. of Ndougou and CNNI.

ferry inauguration

After the formal christening of the ship by the Mayor of Gamba, guests proceeded on “le Gamba’s” maiden voyage between Mayonami and Mougagara, followed by a tour of the first few kilometers of the proposed Mougagara-Louboumo road, during which our technical partner, GIZ, and biodiversity partner, the Smithsonian Institution, explained the issues and technical characteristics of the construction of the 53 km road that will link Gamba to the national road network.

Following these visits, local and national government authorities reminded attendees of the importance that the completion of this road holds for the development of the Department of Ndougou and more particularly for that of the town of Gamba.

After thanking local authorities, Shell Gabon and its partners for their warm welcome and significant achievements accomplished towards the opening of Gamba by sea and road, members of the Government returned safely to Libreville.

Our CEO, Godson Njoku, congratulated the ministers and local authorities for taking this important decision to open up and develop the town of Gamba. He welcomed the visit, which also provided Shell Gabon with the opportunity to strengthen its relationships with local and government authorities

Contact: shellgabon@shell.com

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