Libreville, Gabon - Gabonese President Ali Bongo Ondimba told ambassadors and representatives of international institutions and heads of Gabonese companies Thursday that poverty is affecting 30% of the population despite the financial gains that oil and mining have had on the country, PANA reports from the Gabonese capital, Libreville.
Quoting from the results of a survey he ordered, President Ondimba said a portion of the population has been unable to improve its living conditions despite an improved growth rate of between 5% and 6% as against the 2% recorded some years back,
'Despite efforts and different aids and subsidies put in place in the struggle against social exclusion, data from this survey reveals an alarming situation,' he declared.
President Ondimba said 'We should not hide anything as it is established that 30% of our population is considered as economically poor and this affects 95,000 households living with very meagre monthly income.'
According to the survey, about 55% of the economically poor live in the big cities and 45% in the rural areas. About 60% are poor in terms of basic social amenities, including access to health, potable water and electricity.
The Gabonese president said it was important for the government to win the war against poverty 'because if it continues, it can endanger the nations’ equilibrium'.