Saudi Arabia January 05/02018 The Ethiopian Embassy in Riyadh said it is working to protect the rights of nationals residing legally in Saudi Arabia in collaboration with the government of the Kingdom.
The Embassy is working on three major issues to protect the rights of citizens, according to Abdurahim Mohammed, Diaspora Cluster Head of at the Embassy.
Raising their awareness regarding their rights and obligations; discharge their responsibilities; and provision of support when there are legal accountabilities, he added.
These activities are aimed at protecting nationals from violation of rights by foreigners as well as their fellow countrymen.
The Embassy is working closely with the Kingdom's security forces and the ministry of labor to respond to the demands of citizens even outside the working hours.
Since the amnesty that the Saudi Government has given to foreign workers residing in the Kingdom without working and living permits had ended, Abdurahim said the Embassy is striving to safely repatriate citizens.
According to Abraham Seyoum, President of the Association of Ethiopian Expatriates said that efforts are being exerted to protect rights of citizens living in Saudi Arabia.
The association is working with the Ethiopian Embassy, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and other stakeholders to prevent any kind of violation of rights on nationals during the repatriation process.
Addis Ababa January 05/2018 The Dangote Group, a Nigerian multinational industrial conglomerate, announced plan to increase its investments in Ethiopia by two folds.
“We are not investors that just come and fly out the next day; we are here to stay. As we speak right now we are looking at ways and means to doubling our business here in the next few months” he said.
President of the Group Aliko Dangote told reporters about the plan after discussions with Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn here Thursday.
The discussion with the Premier was focused on ways of expanding the company’s investments in Ethiopia.
“We have an investment of over 600 billion USD on our cement plant and we are opening a very big packaging plant. We are actually going to do more than three times of our capacity.” Dangote said.
He also said “My main purpose here is to express our support and congratulations to his excellency the prime minster and also the people of Ethiopia in working hard to continue to find the solutions to the issues and problems and also to give our own support for the people of Ethiopia and the government at 100 percent rate.”
The Prime Minister during the discussion has assured that his government will extend the necessary support for the expansion of Dangote's investment in Ethiopia, according to Zadig Abrha Media and Public Relations Deliverology Unit Head with the rank of a Minister at the PM Office.
Zadig said the company's plan to expand its investments in Ethiopia displayed that previous media reports about the Group's intention to leave Ethiopia is wrong.
It was recalled that some media outlets have reported that the Dangote Group has plans to close its investments due to conflicts occurred in some areas.
Dangote Group has been active in Ethiopia since 2015 producing cement in the country.
Aliko Dangote has been investing in 18 African countries, creating jobs and economic value across the continent in a range of industries.
Addis Ababa January 05/02018 Ethiopia through the Administration for Refugee and Returnees Affairs (ARRA) is working to improve the provision of education to refugees sheltering in camps in the country.
Through the activities carried out so far gross enrolment rate in primary education for refugees has reached 70.5 percent in 2017, according to ARRA.
Currently, some 177,745 refugees are enrolled in primary, secondary, pre-school, and alternative education in refugee camps in various parts of the country.
Ethiopia hosts more than 850,000 refugees mainly from Eritrea, Somalia and South Sudan in 27 camps.
In an exclusive interview with ENA Communication and Public Relations Team Leader at ARRA Suleyman Ali said the primary education enrolment rate has increased by 8.5 percent compared to the previous year.
“The Administration for Refugee and Returnee Affairs is providing primary education, health care, protection and food for refugees. We are currently working on administering educational centers in refugee camps,” Suleyman stated.
The refugees are attending classes in 58 primary, 18 Secondary, 80 early childhood education and care (ECCE) centers, and 20 alternative basic education (ABE) learning centers.
Through the campaign conducted under the motto of “No school age child shall be out of school”, the institution has managed to ensure some 20,573 new enrolments in 2017, he added.
Construction of schools and deployment of qualified teachers are also among the activities that ARRA is engaged.
“We have also constructed additional 28 blocks of classrooms having four classes for each room and we were able to employ some 288 teachers including 139 qualified Ethiopian nationals. We were able to provide training for these teachers,” he stated.
In its effort to improve educational access for refugees, ARRA is cooperating with international organizations such as save the children.
Education in Emergency Team Leader at Save the Children, Abera Mekonen told ENA that efforts are being exerted to improve refugees’ access to education in collaboration with the government and other stakeholders.
The support covers childhood care, early childhood education, primary education and alternative basic education.
“Education is very important even in emergency, it is a sign of stability, and school is a centre of safety and protection.”
Mentioning that the demand for classrooms is increasing, he stressed on the need to build more temporary learning spaces.
“We must have expanded certain class rooms that the teachers could handle to make a change in quality. It is very critical because unless. We focus on individual child; unless the teacher focus on individual child it is difficult to maintain quality.”
Moreover he said “We are working in collaboration with the government, key stakeholders and other development partners to create more spaces, we need more teachers and we need more materials.”
In addition to enabling refugees attend primary education; ARRA has also been working on secondary and tertiary school programs for refugees by providing scholarships.
The government has provided scholarship for refugees mainly Eritreans since 2010; however, the program was opened for refugees from South Sudan and Somalia since in 2012, according to ARRA.
Some 2,386 refugees have so far joined public universities through government scholarship program.
In 2017 alone, some 514 refugees have joined public universities through the program.
In addition, refugees are also attending technical and vocational education in Addis Ababa and Shire. A total of 6,773 refugees have so far enrolled in TVET schools.
Ethiopia is home to the world’s 5th largest refugee population, hosting more than 850,000 refugees.
Addis Ababa January 04/2018 A fact finding team established by the House of People's Representatives (HPR) announced that 107 individuals suspected of violating human rights in the Oromia and Somali border conflict are under investigation.
This was revealed today when the team presented its observations during a field visit to both regions to the HPR.
Federal Police Commissioner, Assefa Abiy said investigation in identifying the cause that led to the violation of human rights and loss of lives in the two regional states will be finalized and reported to the House soon.
Cases related to criminal acts are being investigated by the respective regional police forces and the commission is supporting them, he added.
“The conflict has caused many deaths, displacement of hundreds of thousands of people and destruction of property in the regional states,” Assefa stated.
According to the Commissioner, 98 and 9 suspects detained for violation of human rights are from Oromia and Somali regional states.
The commission is hunting 96 individuals that are suspected of involvement in the conflict.
Noting that assistance to the displaced did not arrive on time due to lack of well organized communication and evidence, National Disaster Risk Management Commissioner Mitiku Kassa said, “We are discussing ways of delivering unhindered assistance with leaders of both regions.”
Members of the House stated that those who violated human rights and caused the loss of many lives should quickly face justice, and added that the anti-constitutional acts were not committed by peoples of the regions.
Rehabilitating the displaced should be done in a sense of urgency and peace conferences conducted to restore the deep rooted relationship of the peoples of the regional states.
Addis Ababa January 04/2018 Some opposition parties have cautioned the youth to develop the capacity to filter facts from fabrications and shun poisonous information disseminated through the social and mainstream media.
Data show that about 53 million Ethiopians use mobile phone, 16.5 million Internet, and 4.5 million facebook. Out of the 4.5 million facebook users 83 percent are youth.
In an exclusive interview with ENA, Unity for Democracy and Justice Party President Tigistu Awolu said hate speech disseminated in the social media will never help to attain anything good.
According to him, hate speeches spread through the social media are leading the nation to unnecessary extremism. “We condemn involvement in such acts that put the country's survival at risk, and any group working to promote the needs and desires of the Ethiopian people would never take part in these acts.”
The President added that all must strongly condemn the recent agitations that could lead to ethnic conflict by utilizing the social media. Ethiopians must not also forget that to live in harmony means developing mutual love and trust.
“We can only build our country by entertaining political dialogues among different ideologies and working hand-in-hand for the unconditional prevalence of peace, for we will never be able to move towards achieving any of our objectives without it,” Tigistu underscored.
The President said political parties need to come to the fore and speak out loudly about the indispensability of peace to maintain stability of the nation. This could be done in an integrated and collaborative manner.
“Being a country that is battling with poverty, I do not think we have to go back to where we were by engaging in such types of conflict that diminish our hopes for the young democracy to flourish,” he pointed out.
Tigistu advised the mainstream media to take measures to improve their services by providing timely and reliable information and become alternative sources of information to the social media.
Ethiopian Democratic Union Deputy Chairman, Gebru Berhe said on his part the youth has to be selective and not believe all the information disseminated in social media.
“Those who are engaged in disseminating information irresponsibly in the social media must keep in mind that both the public and history will hold them accountable for misleading the youth,” Gebru warned.
He urged the youth to always check and counter check the credibility of information disseminated in the media.
The current situation requires unprecedented and comprehensive efforts of all Ethiopians, Gebru stated, adding that “most of all the mainstream media need to work in creating awareness in the basic skills, pros and cons as well as the useful means of utilizing social media to the youth.”
Government Communication Affairs Office Social Media and Website Department Head, Bekele Ewnetu said the youth need to look for the positive impacts of social media and put it in effect.
“A long journey and more work await us to close the gap of awareness of the youth in interpreting the information in social media analytically and its expected outcome to strengthen democracy and facilitate development of the country,” he added.
According to the Head, more than 600 million of the 1.8 billion face book customers use fake account.
Bekele stated that “creating awareness in evaluating the personal, social and national value of the information is easier than trying to resort to legal procedures.”
People around the world encounter disturbances and instability due to irresponsible use of the social media that at times results in huge damage.