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Right man for the right job
Published in Al-Ahram Weekly on 14 - 03 - 2019

The choice of Kamel Al-Wazir as the new minister of transportation captured the attention of the press this week together with other issues.
Karim Abdel-Salam regarded the job assumed by Al-Wazir as tough and difficult. However, he expected that given his previous achievements and successes, Al-Wazir would be able to inject life to the ministry, especially to the Railway Institution, by 2020.
The writer emphasised that the challenges ahead of Al-Wazir are great, but so are the ambitions and dreams. However, he added, the challenges of replacing equipment, paving new roads and building new railway lines is not comparable to the challenge of training disciplined manpower capable of carrying out the tasks required of them in the coming phase.
Abdel-Salam pointed out that Al-Wazir's first comments after he assumed his new post is that he received a lot of phone calls from railway workers underlining that they are capable of being part of the national mission of rebuilding their institution.
“When we hear these enthusiastic statements from Al-Wazir, we can only wish him success in his new mission as his success is success for all of us,” Abdel-Salam wrote in the daily Al-Youm Al-Sabei.
Makram Mohamed Ahmed described Al-Wazir as the right person in the right place.
Al-Wazir, he wrote, as everyone knows, is aware of the details of all the projects that were implemented in Egypt during the last four years and that cost more than LE4 trillion. Thus, he is ready to answer all of President Al-Sisi's questions.
Mohamed Ahmed noted in his regular column in the official daily Al-Ahram that appointing Al-Wazir came on Martyrs Day, the day that commemorated the death of Abdel-Moneim Riad and all the other martyrs who sacrificed their lives to maintain Egypt's security and stability.
Mohamed Abul-Ghar remembered the 1919 Revolution. He wrote that the revolution ignited the enthusiasm of all Egyptians in villages and cities. They were after independence, evicting the British occupier and writing a new constitution that gives the people their rights, separates the different authorities and paves the way for proper parliamentary rule.
But, he added, behind all these efforts there were a group of prominent artists, headed by the popular composer and singer Sayed Darwish, who composed a number of songs that are still alive today.
Perhaps the most famous of these songs is Koum Ya Masry (‘O Egyptian citizen, Egypt is always calling you').
“One hundred years passed and the 1919 Revolution is still in the hearts and minds of every Egyptian. The songs that were sung then still fill our homes and touch our lives. And like other Third World states, Egypt manages to become stronger and move forward after every crisis. And we all sing Koum Ya Masry,” Abul-Ghar wrote in his column in the daily Al-Masry Al-Youm.
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