H.E. the Prime Minister was very pleased with the reception he received and announced his intention to meet with various sectors of the community while he is visiting the city.
On his part, Islam announced his full support for the Federal Government of Somalia and remarked on the similarities between Mogadishu and Kismayo, calling them twin cities.
The Prime Minister stated his intention to focus on development, security and the revival of various livelihood projects during his Kismayo visit. He highlighted the importance of pushing on-going efforts to stabilize the region and promised that the Federal Government will oversee the preservation of peace in all areas. H.E. the Prime Minister said that all parties will build on the Addis Ababa Agreement and vowed to oversee its full implementation. In addition, he held meetings with AMISOM officials to discuss enhancing security in order to advance development and reconstruction in the region.
As part of his Kismayo visit, H.E. Prime Minister Abdiweli Sheikh Ahmed toured government facilities including schools, hospitals, the port, and other public structures in Kismayo. H.E. Ahmed Madobe accompanied him on the tours.
During his visit to the Kismayo General Hospital, the officials of the hospital briefed H.E. Prime Minster Abdiweli Sheikh Ahmed, after which he declared that the central government will deliver urgent assistance to the hospital. He announced that the Minister of Health will pay a working visit to Kismayo to assess the needs of the hospital. The Prime Minister also authorized the Ministry of Interior Affairs to provide immediate food aid to the newly liberated areas in Jubba.
In addition, H.E. Prime Minister Abdiweli Sheikh Ahmed visited the recently rehabilitated facilities of the Ministry of Interior and the Central Bank of the Jubba Administration, which represent the progress Kismayo has made since the liberation of the city by Somali National Forces and AMISOM. The inaugurated bank will boost the public financial management of the Jubba Administration, and signals the administration’s commitment to promoting transparency and accountability.
The Prime Minister concluded his tour of public facilities by overseeing operations at the Port of Kismayo where he pledged to assist efforts to rehabilitate the port as it serves many Somali citizens in Jubba.
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Prime Minister’s Media Office