President Hubert Maga of Dahomey recently completed a 'Meet the People' tour which took him away from the urban centres to the interior administrative district of Zou, where some of Dahomey's poorest peasant citizens live.
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Background: President Hubert Maga of Dahomey recently completed a 'Meet the People' tour which took him away from the urban centres to the interior administrative district of Zou, where some of Dahomey's poorest peasant citizens live.
Ninety per cent of Dahomey's people are involved in subsistence agriculture on the land, and the President has often said it was the duty of the Government to meet them and study their problems.
The President was also concerned with sounding out opinion on the Government's recent reforms in education. The have been under criticism, and in Cotonou on September 27 he said the Government was prepared to accept certain amendments.
SYNOPSIS: Dahomey's President Hubart Maga recently completed a four-day "Meet the People" tour with a difference. this time he left the urban centres four behind, and went into the interior, meeting some of the poorest of Dahomey' citizens as he toured the administrative district of Zou from end to end. President Maga received a warm and uninhibited welcome from the peasant masses, who constitute ninety per cent of the Dahomey population.
The driving rain that dogged the visit was not able to dampen the enthusiasm either of the local people, or of the President. He has said often that it was the duty of the Government to form a close relationship with the governed.
At Abomey, the capital of the district of Zou, President Maga found time to meet personally a large number of local townswomen. During the whole tour the President covered more than 700 kilometres, often over the most primitive roads, and made more than thirty improvised speeches. He was especially concerned with sounding out opinion on the Government's recent reforms in education, about which there have been certain criticisms. The President said on his return that the Government was prepared to accept certain amendments to the education measures.