PhD students at Omar Bongo University (UOB) are fed up with the situation they have been in for several months. In an open letter, on September 5, they questioned the head of state regarding the “package request” of the Gabonese National Stock Exchange (ANBG), Regulation no. 00148/PR/MERSTTENFC of June 7, 2021 on establishing the scholarship program in the Republic of Gabon. Which, according to them, translates into a conspiracy against the moral integrity of Ali Bong by acts of concealment of “election promises”, his life-saving commitments to the youth of Gabon. Below we present the entire open letter of the collective of doctoral students to the President of the Republic.
Your Excellency the President of the Republic,
The enormous privilege of writing to you does not hide our delight at the idea that the decisive act of reparation for the damage suffered by Gabonese students in general, and doctoral students in particular, is fully expected of you. It will also become clear to you, Mr. President, that nothing motivates us in this epistolary endeavor less than concern for your prestige, as well as for the institutions of the Republic, which are threatened by a serious offense that risks being committed without your knowledge. Precisely because we are convinced that the information has not yet reached you and that we will want to do everything to conceal it from you, avoid it and discreetly place it in the drawers of oblivion, which we have agreed to resort to, after we have exhausted all legal procedures to be heard, on this initiative .
The fact is, Your Excellency, that the officials of the National Stock Exchange Agency of Gabon (ANBG) have deliberately decided not to fully implement Regulation No. 00148 / PR / MERSTTENFC of June 7, 2021 determining the studies of the stock market in the Republic of Gabon, which includes innovative reforms of your social policy, proof of your commitment to the training of young people that you value so much. They made a split application at the student’s expense.
Despite numerous attempts and successive steps taken in the past two months with the Government and the General Secretariat of the Presidency of the Republic, which, moreover, recognized the legitimacy and legality of our demands, we hardly managed to obtain from the ANBG leaders a guarantee of compensation for the damage we are calling for.
Also, this situation with the lease of justice has reached the peak of its abnormality, which is confirmed by the categorical refusal of ANBG officials to apply this regulation, which nevertheless came into force from the academic year 2021-2022. year, according to the provisions of its article. 31, under the pretext that the application of the aforementioned regulation would lead to a budget deficit. The final hope which therefore motivates us to condemn this flagrant violation of the law moves us to believe that, the situation having been brought to your attention, you will not delay to remedy it by exercising your authority in the matter.
Mr. President of the Republic, the situation we are condemning is of such fundamental importance that the offense committed gradually represents a serious attack on the sovereignty and reputation of the highest state institutions of which you are the guarantor.
First of all, the excuse or, rather, the subterfuge of the budget deficit that (wrongly) supported Agency officials to clumsily avoid their duty, appears as a pretentious questioning of the competence of political foresight that should determine the actions of your government. .
It then signifies an intolerable insult to the institutions responsible for examining the decree before its publication in the Official Gazette no. 118 of June 10, 2021. Which would mean assuming that all the intelligence mobilized during the work of the Feasibility Study Commission (investigating the stake in the implementation of this decree), especially the two houses of parliament, would be stamped with chronic failure combined with negligence of character. These institutions would therefore, according to this argument, be reduced to associations of unfit intellectuals or, trivially speaking, to associations of the incompetent. What sacrilege it would be to dare to make such an assumption!
Finally, the illegal act committed by the leaders of the ANBG and which they fearlessly acknowledged undermines your authority and threatens your notoriety by making a mockery of the reform you hoped to place at the center of your social policy.
We therefore condemn, Mr. Head of State, the conspiracy of officials of the National Stock Exchange Agency of Gabon which, if you do not take care to suppress the evil in time, risks tarnishing the prestige of your second seven-year mandate, however dedicated to the youth;
We condemn an even bigger conspiracy, hatched against the highest institutions of the state, whose sovereignty is now being used at will by a body to which the law gives only the role of operationalization, i.e. execution;
We condemn the contempt for the quality of the rule of law of our dear nation by the leaders of the ANBG who take liberties with the law by allowing themselves impromptu interference with discretionary power that evades the prerogatives given to them by law;
We condemn their desire to create a harmful social climate by pushing students to their limits and awakening them to abandoned instincts;
We condemn, finally, the conspiracy against your moral integrity by acts which cloak in “election promises” your salutary obligations to the youth of your country which you hold so dear;
We are firmly convinced that a high regard for the education of your young countrymen will be able to influence your noblest feelings in our cause.
In this ardent expectation, please accept, with our respect, Your Excellency the President of the Republic, our respectful greetings.
For the collective of doctoral students
Scheldon B. Ngoulou Ngavouka
General coordinator of the doctoral students’ reflection circle/UOB