Speaking to the press at the end of the visit to the future centre's works, João Lourenço said he left with "a smile on his lips", as there were conditions to say that at the end of the year they would be able to hand over the undertaking to the citizens.
"Now we are here at the Luanda Science Center - from Luanda to be in Luanda, but it is to serve the country - and I leave here with a smile on my lips, since we are in a position to say that, at the end of the year, concretely in the month of December, we will deliver this infrastructure to the citizens of Luanda and the country, in general", he said.
The head of state said it was a science center that "turns out to be also a center for culture". "Here the two concepts almost merge, science and culture. Our youth, especially student youth, will gain an institution from December onwards that will be of great value to all young people and, in particular, to those who are students," he added.
On the lack of trained staff in this area, the President assured that professionals will be recruited to ensure the operation of the center.
"Staff will be recruited, both national and foreign, to put this center in perfect operation. Knowledge is transmitted. Therefore, people have technical training, academic training at various levels, medium and higher", said João Lourenço, who added: "It is one of the issues that we are now seeing, either with the contractor, or with the GOE [Gabinete de Obras Especiais], or with the Ministry of Higher Education itself. We are going to start providing that same training".
According to the head of state, a company "which will be contracted in a few days to manage the centre's future management" will begin the selection and training of national staff starting this month. "The company that will be hired in a few days to manage the centre's future management will start selecting and training national staff as of next June. It will have six months – from June to December – to provide this very specific training with the equipment that has already been purchased (they are still in boxes and crates) but that, in the next few days, will serve as a study base for the Angolan personnel who will be recruited", he said.
João Lourenço also mentioned that all citizens could benefit from this centre.
"Well, in principle all Angolans will have access to this center without discrimination of any kind. At school level there will be excursions led by teachers, but not only! who is interested can have access to this Science Centre", he said.
It is recalled that, this Wednesday, the President also visited the works of the future Hospital 'Pedalé', having expressed dissatisfaction with the visit: "I was at the end of this morning in what will be the Hospital Pedro Maria Tonha 'Pedalé' , I have to say that I wasn't very satisfied with the visit. But I immediately called whoever had to call and we took a series of measures to correct some situations and I believe that, with that, the work will know another pace of progress", he said.
It should be noted that the Luanda Science Center is being built on the site of an old soap factory.