There were celebrations in Nouakchott, the capital of Mauritania, on Tuesday (7 March). Residents were?
There were celebrations in Nouakchott, the capital of Mauritania, on Tuesday (7 March). Residents were commemorating the 20th anniversary of the laying of foundations for their city. As part of the official celebrations the country's leader, President Moktar Ould Daddah, visited the outskirts of Nouakchott where the first foundations were laid.
SYNOPSIS: Government officials and city dignitaries were among those who attended the official anniversary ceremony. The President, who was greeted by district governor M. Kane Tidjane later praised his people for their efforts in making Nouakchott into a modern city. He said that now little remained of the barren desert which had once surrounded the area. Building of the city had only just begun in 1960 when Mauritania became independent from France.
The key to the city use presented to President Daddh by Monsieur Tidjane to mark the occasion. He said it was thanks to the President's faith and determination that Nouakchott had been transformed from a nomads' village into a modern city.
A plaque marking the area where the city had its beginnings was installed to commemorate the 20th anniversary. Nouakchott had only a few hundred residents in 1958, but now the population has risen to two hundred thousand.