The Songhoy leader of Gao, His Majesty Djibrilla Soumma Maïga, at the head of a delegation was received at the Primature this Thursday, August 4, 2022 by the Prime Minister, Choguel Kokalla Maïga.

Invested on July 15, 2022 to replace his older brother, Moussa Soumma Maïga dit Vieux, who died on October 23, 2021, Djibrilla Soumma Maïga through the voice of his spokesperson Boubacar Maiga, wished to come on the one hand to confide in his grand- brother Choguel Maïga and others, to receive from him blessings and wise advice likely to help him in his new role as traditional Songhoy chief of Gao.

The objective was to provide its unfailing support and that of the entire Songhoy community or of Songhoy culture in Mali and the diaspora to the Authorities, in particular to the President of the Transition Assimi Goïta, to the Head of Government and to all their teams for the successful transition.

To this end, on behalf of all the populations of Gao, a legendary, cosmopolitan city made up, among others, of Songhoys, Armas, Peuhls, Sorkos, Arabs, Kel Tamasheq, Bambaras, the Songhoy chief intends to defend the ideals of peace, social cohesion and living together.

His Majesty Djibrilla Maïga, took the opportunity to convey the message of his community to the Prime Minister. It requests the provision of two hectares of land in Gao to erect a headquarters for the benefit of the Songhoy diaspora; boreholes for access to drinking water and the improvement of the telephone network, which has been experiencing disruptions for more than a decade.

In return, the Prime Minister, Choguel Kokalla Maïga said he was very honored to receive the Songhoy leader who, a rare occurrence, made the trip to the Primature instead of waiting for the visit of the Authorities.

He underlined the rehabilitation of the traditional chieftaincy in Mali by the recent institutionalization of the customary chiefs who, as true actors of stabilization, security, awareness, education and social balance, will henceforth benefit from the port of a button and the erection of the national flag on their residences.

“Tell the people that I am informed of their constant fight to support the Transition, whether they are in Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Ghana, Senegal, Chad, Saudi Arabia, Côte d’Ivoire, the United States of America, in France or elsewhere,” he said.

To show the transition’s commitment to this region, he recalled the decision of the Council of Ministers concerning the relaunch of the construction of the Taoussa dam. A project that will benefit the northern regions such as Gao, Timbuktu, Ménaka and the center such as Mopti. Another flagship project announced by the head of government is that of the construction of the performance hall valued at 500 million FCFA to put Gao, which did not have one, at the same level as the other Regions. He also mentioned the Sévaré-Gao road, the umbilical cord between the North and the South, which will be executed section by section and the construction of around thirty boreholes for the benefit of the population of the Gao region.

CCRP / Prime Minister

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