|Burkina Faso Premier delivers state of the nation address|
|Africans in Government|
|Thursday, 27 March 2008 19:23|
He made the disclosure Thursday in his first state of the nation address since being appointed on 4 June 2007, before the Ouagadougou-based Parliament.
Zongo said the Burkinabe nation conveys the image of a “will-oriented unremittingly working” people, which is “solid” and “unshakable in the gale”.
The Prime Minister noted that his compatriots’ concerns were especially about the “abrupt increase” in the price of basic commodities resulting from the soaring prices of oil at world level which impacts on households and businesses against the backdrop of a meningitis epidemic plaguing the country.
Zongo described his statement as “realistic” and based on a “meticulous observation” of the country’s potential and history.
He also expressed confidence that the MPs are capable of fulfilling their responsibilities regarding social peace and population welfare.
In his address extracted from the “pact of sincerity and honesty” he signed with the Parliament when he took office, the Premier consented that there were inadequacies in the government’s action, especially in transferring competences and resources to decentralized governments as planned.
“There are many types of real lags which I will not conceal,” he conceded, adding that the process of building communes across the country, which was launched in 2006, is complex by nature.
He promised to sign an operation memorandum with each community.