Addis Ababa January 06/2018 The expansion of Bole International Airport will be completed at the end of this year, according to Ethiopian Airlines.
The civil work of the project, which has been carried out for the past three year with 350 million USD, is completed.
Ethiopian Airlines Group CEO, TewoldeGebremariam told ENA that the project resting on 74,000 square meters will have technology that enables it to provide modern services and make the passenger traffic flow smoothly.
The present airport, which was designed to serve five million passengers in a year, has been forced to handle nine million, it was learned.
The CEO revealed that the completion of the new terminal will boost the figure much higher to about 22 million passengers in a year.
Upon completion of the project, Bole International Airport is going to be the leading airport in Africa in terms of accommodating many passengers. The Oliver Tambo Airport of South Africa is leading the continent by 20 million at present.
According to Tewolde, DembiDollo, BaleGoba, Shire, and Jinka airports that are under construction will be completed within the coming six months.
Addis Ababa January 06/2018 Leaders of Christian churches in Ethiopia have called on believers to celebrate the Ethiopian Christmas that falls tomorrow remembering the value of peace, unity and fraternal love.
In a message he delivered to believers of the Ethiopian Coptic Orthodox Church, Patriarch of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church His Holiness Abuna Matiyas the First said the faithful should celebrate Ethiopian Christmas,Genna, by giving due importance to the prevalence of peace in the country and marking the occasion in a spirit of unity and love.
Peace is the basis for all good things that occur in this world, and the whole world should safeguard the grace that is vested in the maintenance of peace, the Patriarch added.
According to him, peace is one of the important heavenly messages in the religious teachings of the Church.The significance of peace lies not only in our daily earthly encounters but also plays important role in our relationship with our creator, he noted.
Abuna Matiyas further stated that Christians should celebrate the occasion through charitable activities by assisting the poor and needy compatriots.
In his benediction to Christians celebrating Christmas, Ethiopian Catholic Church Archbishop His Holiness Cardinal Brehaneysus Surafel stressed on the need to sustain and cherish the age-old values and assets of peace, love and unity in the country.
The Cardinal called on all Ethiopians to support compatriots that are internally displaced due to the recent conflicts in some parts of the country.
Archbishop Brehaneysus also urged religious leaders and the government to effectively contribute to the promotion of peace in the country.
President of the Ethiopian MekaneYesus Evangelical Church, Reverend Yonas Yigezu also delivered a Christmas message in which he underscored the importance of safeguarding national unity and identity, and striving to resolve misunderstandings and conflicts in a peaceful manner.
Reverend Yonas said the government has to further speed up its in ensuring sustained peace and tranquility in the country.
Addis Ababa January 06//2018 Prime Minister Hailemariam Dessalegn laid a cornerstone today for a temporary waste storage facility in Addis Ababa.
The ceremony for the foundation of the first facility in the city was preceded by the second round clean up and tree seedlings plantation campaign launched last month.
The facility to be built at “Bulgaria” locality in Kirkos sub-city is reportedly one of the 84 temporary waste storage facilities that will separate and classify waste so as to recycle them for future use.
The coordinated and modern sanitation facilities will help the city to be cleaner and also promote associations organized in cleaning to share companies that make use of the materials and equipment to be made available in the facilities.
Mayor Diriba Kuma said on the occasion his administration is working to actively engage the public in creating clean environment and to nurture a clean living culture.
He added that this first facility rests on five hundred square meters. In addition to the 84 facilities to be constructed in the capital city, bio fuel generating stations will be built in 2 places.
Prime MinisterHailemariam, together with high-level government officials and ministers,took part in cleaning streets and planting tree seedlings.