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Zone Launches Construction, Renovation of Safe Water Facilities

Construction and renovation of 1,768 safe water facilities was launched in South Wollo zone of Amhara Regional State with an outlay of over 175 millionBr.The facilities are expected to benefit 453,000 people, according to Said Yimam, head of the zone water resource development department. Up on going fully operational, the facilities will raise the clean water coverage to 84.25pc and 97pc from the current 69.35pc and 94pc in rural and urban areas respectively. The regional government, Wereda administrations and the public will cover the cost for construction of the facilities, he said.

Publication: The Ethiopian Herald, Tuesday, September 10, 2013.

Authority Constructs 1,154km Roads

Construction of 15 road projects at a cost of 7.6 billion Br was undertaken across the country during the concluded fiscal year. The projects cover a total of 1,154km. The Ethiopian government has covered 63.4pc of the total budget, which accounts for over 4.8 billion Br, according to Samson Wondimu, public relation director with the Authority. Close to 83pc of the projects were constructed by local contractors, which Samson said help the country to save a great amount of hard currency intended to be paid for foreign contractors, and also help to build capacity of local contractors. The Authority has set target to construct over 1,460km road with an outlay of over 28 billion Br during the current fiscal year.

Publication: The Ethiopian Herald, Monday, September 9, 2013.

Bale Constructs 66 Schools

Close to 66 schools constructed in Bale Zone of Oromia Regional State with an outlay of 58 million Br are readied for service. The facilities include 40 primary and six secondary schools as well as two preparatory schools. The construction of the schools will raise the education coverage of the zone to 93pc from the current 86pc. Over 4,000 students are expected to enroll in the schools in the currnet academic year. Over 410,000 students are attending education in 736 primary, secondary and preparatory schools.

Publication: The Ethiopian Herald, Monday, September 9, 2013.

Zone Constructs, Expands 12 Schools

Construction and expansion of 12 secondary schools being undertaken with an outlay of over 35 million Br in East Shoa Zone, Oromia Regional State were completed. The schools are ready to enroll 3,000 students in the coming academic year, according to Bushira Aliyu, deputy head of the zone education office. The public have contributed over 11 million Birr for construction of the schools. Each school has 16 classrooms, laboratory, library, IT lab and recreational centre.

Publication: The Ethiopian Herald, Sunday, September 8, 2013.


Oromia Creates 900,000 Jobs

Micro & Small Enterprises (MSEs) inOromiaRegionalStatehave created jobs for 900,000 individuals during the concluded fiscal year. The number of jobs created during the reported period increased by 100,000 compared to the previous year. The target was to create close to 800,000 jobs. The jobs were created in the areas of trade, agro-industry, manufacturing, animal fattening, metal and wood work.

Publication: The Ethiopian Herald, Tuesday, September 10, 2013.


Safe Water Facilities Go Operational inWest Tigray

Close to 182 safe water facilities constructed in North Western Tigray zone with an outlay of 35 million Br had gone operational. The facilities benefited over 100,000 people in six Weredas, according to Zekarias Shiferaw, chief of the zonal administration. The construction of the facilities raised the clean water coverage to 58.7pc.

Publication: The Ethiopian Herald, Monday, September 9, 2013.


Bahir Dar Secures 288m Br Revenue from Tourism

A little over 288 million Br revenue has been secured from tourists who visited natural and historic sites inBahirDarTownand its surroundings inAmharaRegionalStateduring the concluded fiscal year. The stated sum was secured from 134,600 tourists who visited tourist sites, according to Gebeyehu Tirusew, deputy head of culture and tourism development office. The number of tourists who visited the sites and the revenue secured during the reported period exceeds the previous year by 66,000 and 188 million Br. Close to 45,000 of the tourists are foreigners drawn from US, France and Italy.

Publication: The Ethiopian Herald, Monday, September 9, 2013.






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