Port Gentil, the second largest city in Gabon, has had an historic day coinciding with the visit of Gabon's President Bongo.
GV President Bongo arrives and waves to crowd
CU Construction signboard announcing construction of road from Port Gentil to airport Gentil to airport
SV President Bongo cuts ribbon
GV Cars and lorries along roadway
SV Vice President and another minister lay foundation stone
GV PAN crowd
MV President Bongo cuts ribbon
GV Bulldozer beginning work
President Bongo opening road to airport, foundation stone being layed at school site and President Bongo cutting ribbon to start work on new road.
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Background: Port Gentil, the second largest city in Gabon, has had an historic day coinciding with the visit of Gabon's President Bongo.
During the visit, the president opened a new highway from the city centre to the airport -- and started work on a road which will provide the city with its first link with other towns in the country.
The day was also marked by the laying of a foundation stone for a Girl's School in Port Gentil.
SYNOPSIS: President Bongo of Gabon on a visit to Port Gentil -- the second largest city in his country. His main engagement -- to open a new highway linking the city centre with the airport. The road is 4 1/2 miles (7kms) long and has been paid for partly by the government, and partly by local businesses and organisations in Port Gentil. The cutting of the ribbon gives the city an attractive new road along which international visitors will pass on their way to the city centre.
A few minutes later - senior government members took part in another ceremony of great importance to Port Gentil. It was the laying of a foundation stone for a girl's school which will cater for three hundred pupils.
For President Bongo - another ribbon cutting ceremony. This symbolised the start of work on the first road to link Port Gentil with other centres in Gabon. Until now, the city been isolated by road because of its marshy surrounds.