Congo collected $ 22 bn in oil receipts since 2004

Nov 02, 2009 01:00 AM

About 11 bn FCFA (about $ 22 bn) in oil receipts was collected by the Congolese state between 2004 and 2009, the Congolese opposition member Mr Tony Gilbert Moudilou, revealed.
"This sum may seem enormous and excessive, but it actually corresponds to oil manna collected by Congo in so few years," said Mr Moudilou as he introduced himself as the Prime Minister of a 14-member government in exile in Paris.

He said the oil receipts could have transformed Congo into the "Kuwait of Africa" and could have guaranteed a monthly income of 100,000 FCFA to each unemployed Congolese.
"It's not utopia, thanks to oil receipts, Congo which counts only 3 mm inhabitants, has the means to ensure the well-being of its population. Beyond that, the country's money has only served so far the interests of a clan," said Mr Moudilou.

He also painted a gloomy picture of the situation in the country's social services, saying that the time has come to propose a new governance to the Congolese.
"It is not normal that the only the main hospital of the country, the University Hospital Centre (UHC) in Brazzaville, be deprived of functional lifts, that students take classes sitting on the floor in a country that exports timber."
"We want to put an end to all this negligence by way of peaceful means," Mr Moudilou added.

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