The lack of transport has caused major complications for university students in the province, during after-work hours, in getting to school or returning home to Benguela and Lobito. According to Angop, the lack of public lighting and, occasionally, the vandalization of buses end up dissuading transport companies from operating intercity services at night, creating difficulties in student mobility.
Therefore, aiming to put an end to this scenario, the governor of the province of Benguela, Luís Nunes, presented a portfolio of projects for the coming years to university students, with whom he held a consultation meeting on Wednesday.
Quoted by Angop, Luís Nunes appealed to the students for calm, having informed that the Provincial Office of Transport, Traffic and Urban Mobility of Benguela is working on a program to improve the movement of university students at night.
On the occasion, he said that they have been working with the operators since the start of classes: "We have been working with the operators since the start of classes", said the person in charge, who, cited by Angop, informed that one has already joined the program.
According to a statement from the Provincial Government of Benguela, to which VerAngola had access, at the meeting the governor presented the 2024/2027 project portfolio to higher education students from local public and private institutions.
On the occasion, "students presented issues relating to the lack of supply of drinking water and electricity, ramps for people with disabilities, the increase in scholarships and the respective subsidies, transport, medical center, equipping of laboratories, libraries, production and research centers, access to internships in public and private companies, lack of employment, the extension of faculties and institutes in the interior municipalities, reinforcement of police patrolling, the lack of public lighting, among others".
Thus, in response to the questions presented, Luís Nunes stated that many of the concerns raised are part of the provincial government's project portfolio for the period 2024-2027, such as "increasing water and electricity production, rehabilitation and construction of teaching and health infrastructures with the respective equipment, asphalting and earthworks, public lighting and the distribution of land for targeted self-construction, as well as promoting the promotion of national production, employability, among others".
In addition to addressing the problem of mobility, the governor also took the opportunity to announce, for 2024, "the construction of a health center and boarding school on the Catumbela University Campus to serve students from inland municipalities, the connection of electricity and drinking water installation of ISCED".
Furthermore, the person in charge said that "every year the Government has provided scholarship support, the aim of which is to benefit those most in need and gradually resolve the concerns raised by students", the note reads.
Furthermore, he also said that the local government is working to overcome the "main problems that students and the population face daily".