President Soglo, with a party of diplomatic and government officials, recently undertook a tour through Dahomey.
GV PAN Buildings Segbana
CU Sign inauguration route Kandi Segbana
SV President Soglo cuts tape declares road open
SV Official cars past along new road
SV Pile of clothing PAN to Mrs Soglo distributing clothing
SV PAN soldiers at Parakou present flag to President
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SV President goes over to meet Headmen
SV Men perform dance
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GV Animals in Porga game reserve
SV Official greeting at Bassila (2 shots)
SV President presented with walking stick
GV Crowd one man on stilts
SV President dancing with villagers
SV Children watch
SV Group of people watching
SV President shakes hands
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Background: President Soglo, with a party of diplomatic and government officials, recently undertook a tour through Dahomey. The Presidential party visited Dassa, Zoume, Save, Savalon, Bassila and other parts of the country.
The party included the Minister of Finance, the Minister for Rural Development, the Minister of Defence, the Chancellor, the Minister of the Interior, and the armed forces Chief-of-Staff. The ambassadors of France and Israel and their wives, and members of government agencies, also took part in the tour in its early stages.
President Soglo met and discussed local problems with administrators of cities he visited during the tour. In Dassa and Bassila the party met and were entertained by local dignitaries.
In Senere, in the northern area of Dahomey, the President placed a foundation stone for the customs house at Ketarou, a town on the Togo-Dahomey border.
In Segbana, in northeast Dahomey, the President and his entourage saw recent progress. The town was previously inaccessible for long periods during the year.
A new road is under construction, and will link Kandi and Segbana. The President officially inaugurated the road, which will reduce the trip from five hours to about two hours.
At Kandi Mrs Soglo distributed clothing with local social workers.
SYNOPSIS: In Bassila the President was given a walking stick as a token of the city's esteem. He met and discussed local problems with administrators of all the cities he visited.