At Come, west of Cotonou, last Thursday (18 November) Dahomey's President Hubert Maga inaugurated the first stage of a new water-supply development project being financed by United States aid.
LV PAN DOWN water tower
LV President Maga arrives
LV Crowd with banner watch as President Maga inspects guard of honour (2 shots)
SV President walks past crowd (2 shots)
LV Officials seated
SCU Minister Lozes speaks
SV & CU U.S. ambassador
LV Crowd applaud as U.S. ambassador speaks (2 shots)
LV PAN DOWN water tower to President Maga speaking (2 shots)
LV & CU Crowd applaud as President cuts ribbon at base of tower
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Background: At Come, west of Cotonou, last Thursday (18 November) Dahomey's President Hubert Maga inaugurated the first stage of a new water-supply development project being financed by United States aid. President Maga cut a ribbon to mark the completion of the first stage....a large reservoir mounted well above ground level....which will provide an adequate water supply to the village. When all stages of the 236 million CFA-franc project are completed the territory between Come and Grand-Popo will be supplied through more than 26 kilometres of special piping, and using other galvanised and concrete reservoirs and local fountains. Residents of the area served will be charged 2 francs for every 20 litres of water used from the supply.
With President Maga in the official party was Ambassador Matthew Looram of the United States, who was instrumental in realising the project, and also M. Lozes....Dahomey's Minister of Works. Speaking at the ceremony, President Maga warned foreign visitors not to make unfounded criticism of his government in the hope of creating unrest. He said he had ample evidence of the support of his countrymen, and of such foreign support as the United States was providing.
SYNOPSIS: At Come in Dahomey President Hubert Maga recently inaugurated the first stage of a large water-supply development project being built with united States aid.
After his arrival President Maga inspected a guard of honour before joining other officials preparing for the special inauguration ceremony.
Among the official guests was M. Lozes, Dahomey's Minister of Works, who told the gathering the development would eventually take in all territory lying between Come and Grand-Popo, and employ more than 26 kilometres of piping and special storage tanks. Ambassador Looram of the United States also spoke. His country is financing the 236 million CFA-france project.
To help defray the building costs, residents will be charged two francs for every 20 litres of water used.
President Maga spoke next and praised foreign support such as the United States was providing, but warned foreign visitors against making unfounded criticisms of his government in the hope of creating unrest. He then cut a ribbon to mark completion of the development's first stage.