Government Exxon Mobil celebrates the production of one billion barrels in Equatorial Guinea The subsidiary of the multinational Exxon Mobil held a grand ceremony regarding the activities of oil production in Equatorial Guinean lands since the 90s. The event took place in one of the rooms adjoining the Sipopo Conference Center (Malabo ), on Monday, May 11. It was attended by national and international authorities, and several employees and members of the Government received awards.

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The ceremony began with  the arrival of dignitaries, ambassadors and members of the oil company who reside both inside and outside the country.

After the arrival of all the guests, the ceremony began with an acrobatic dance offered by the Tribal Dance Group, and the performance of young singers such as Betty Akna; Nelida Kar; Angel Custodio, Dese Face, and the multifaceted Piruchi Apo.

After the show, the master of ceremonies for the evening, B. Cuaresma, took the floor, and first thanked all the guests for their presence, which, he said, is transcendental for the MEGUI company (Mobil Equatorial Guinea Inc.).

Immediately afterwards, the regional vice president of Exxon Mobil and the president of the company in Equatorial Guinea, Randy Broiles and David Findley, in their speeches, highlighted the work of the company since its inception and the achievements obtained  in the country; the social work performed and the productivity of the company, which is currently topping the billion barrels in Equatorial Guinean lands since the 90s.

After more minutes of rhythm and dance, the Minister of Mines, Industry and Energy, Gabriel Mbega Obiang Lima, spoke, alluding to the work and effort of the oil company since the beginning of its activities in the country in 1996, with an investment just over $240 million. "Today is a very special day for Exxon Mobil and the Republic of Equatorial Guinea, because this event contains within itself the secret of hard work by those who at the time believed and invested in this nation. Exxon Mobil is already part of our lives and our history, contributing to our development, relying on the success and the achievement of a better Guinea."

-"Under the auspices of the President of the Republic, Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, the Ministry of Mines, along with Exxon Mobil, have collaborated with the University of Drexel and that of Equatorial Guinea in the establishment of biodiversity on the island of Bioko and in multiple social works. It should be stressed that during these nineteen years, that company has given the State coffers with over $57.500 million; a result of what has been produced in the Zafiro field," continued Minister Mbega.

Moments after his speech, a video on the history of Exxon Mobil in Equatorial Guinea was shown, which gave way to the delivery of diplomas to the twelve employees with over fifteen years of service in the company:  Miguel Volta Orobiyi; Ricardo Lohoba; Armando Buna; José Chonco; Enriqueta Shonibare; Carlos Balduino; Lidia Obiang; Máximo Folami; Marciana Segura; Esteban Nko and Manuel Martinez Nzangwere were those awarded.

Other awardees in the ceremony were Juan Olo Mba; Atanasio Ela Ntugu Nsa; Marcelino Owono Edu; Domingo Mba Esono; Pastor Micha Ondo Bilé; Diosdado Engono Mbengono; Santiago Mba Ebana; Tomás Dickens; Alfredo Ovono Oba; Jose Luís Elema Borengue; Tomás Felix Ondo; Vicente Abeso Mbuy; Ted Bar and Severino Asumu; all of them pioneers of Equatorial Guinean industry.

The First Vice President for Presidential Affairs, Ignacio Milam Tang, who was also honored for his support to the industrial sector, closed the ceremony: "As a representative of the Government, I only have words of thanks and appreciation for the work this company has carried out over the years, since the development that Equatorial Guinea is now experiencing is largely due to it."

The Vice President also referred to the trust guarantor existing between the Executive and the companies investing in the nation: "The Republic of Equatorial Guinea can now be displayed as a guarantor of foreign investment, the example is Exxon Mobil. So we wish to work with all companies who decide to settle in our homeland. today, Exxon Mobil is our ambassador in this sector throughout the world, because together we have shown to the international world that we can work together for public interest."

It should be noted that in this event, Exxon Mobil acknowledged the support that was provided to them by various ministries such as that of  Health and Social Welfare; Education and Science; Fisheries and Environment; Defense and Security; and the House of People's Representatives, among other government agencies.

Text and photos: Mansueto Loeri Bomohagasi (D. G. Base Internet)
Equatorial Guinea’s Press and Information Office

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