Addis Ababa April 01/2018 The implementation of Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Reduction (NAMA) project that underway in six cities of the country becoming effective, the Ministry of Urban Development, Housing and Construction (MoUDHC) disclosed.
The project is being implemented in Bishoftu, Adama, Mekele, Bahir Dar, Dire Dawa and Hawassa, it was indicated.
Urban Climate Change Impacts Resilience Bureau Head, Birhanu Teshome told ENA that the project is designed to avert the impacts of climate change in urban areas.
The project has been carrying out seedling planting and other green development activities, and preparing fertilizer from wastes as well as prevention climate change, he stated.
Tadesse Assefa, Manager of Bishoftu Municipality City, who's one of the most effective individuals in implementing GHG reduction project, said that the three associations are processing disposed wastes into compost.
He indicated that market demand for the compost produced by the associations is mushrooming from time to time.
The Municipal in partnership with the city Agricultural office and Agricultural Research Institution is working in an integrated manner to make NAMA Compost project more efficient.
Currently, the construction of sheds that convert wastes into compost is underway with a cost of eight million birr, he indicated.
Addis Ababa April 01/2018 Preparation has finalized to hold a national investors` conference aiming at mobilizing and creating clear image about the construction of GERD, according to the National Council for the Coordination of Public Participation on the Construction of GERD.
Ethiopian investors have contributed close to 2billion birr for the construction of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) so far.
In an exclusive interview with ENA, Media and Communication Director of the Office Hailu Abraham said home-grown investors have been contributing for the realization of GERD since the launching of the construction of the dam.
“We have been exerting various efforts to mobilize investors and keeping in touch with GERD. For instance, investors who are engaging in hotel investment, we meet them through Ministry of Culture and Tourism, in education via Ministry of Education, and business community through Ministry of Trade among others.”
Moreover, close to 400 investors had paid a visit to the GERD last month and the visit has clearly created tremendous inspirations among investors, he noted.
Abraham said apart from the preceding efforts, preparation has finalized to hold a national conference of investors which will be led by the Prime Minister of the nation along with high level officials soon.
Giving recognition for fully committed investors and creating further mobilizations are mentioned among the major objectives to be addressed during the conference.
“Investors who fully committed their pledges will be given recognition during the occasion alongside responding concerns (if any) related to their pledge and the construction process of dam beside creating further inspirations”, he further added.
Creating clear picture about the dam and informing investors on the recent phase of the construction of the dam are also among the issues to be prioritized during the conference, according to the director.
Ethiopians at home and abroad have so far raised nearly 12 billion birr for the construction the dam.
The 4.8 billion USD hydroelectric dam has reached its completion over 64 percent. The GERD a 6,450 MW hydropower project is expected to be the largest dam in Africa.
Upon completion, the hydro-dam and the resulting artificial lake behind the Dam would markedly benefit most riparian particularly those in the downstream-both in supplying power and regulated flow of water.
Addis Ababa April 01/2018 National Intelligence and Security Service in collaboration with Civil Service University graduated the first ever 123 students in security study with first degree at the National Palace yesterday.
The students have completed their course at Kinfe National Security Studies Institute, according to the National Intelligence and Security Service.
Accordingly, the students have attended courses based standardized skills and knowledge for the past three years to respond national and international demands and to be a qualified security expert.
President Mulatu Teshome said during the occasion that ensuring peace becomes the most challenging concern nowadays; in this regard it is expected to have balanced skills and attitude from graduates.
The first ever security sector graduates in the history of the country is a manifestation of the continuous effort of the government to ensure peace and stability.
President Mulatu Teshome, senior officials from National Intelligence and Security Service and families of graduates attended the ceremony.
Addis Ababa March 31/2018 Deputy Prime Minister and Chairperson of Amhara National Democratic Movement (ANDM), Demeke Mekonnen expressed his readiness and commitment to support the newly elected Chairperson of Ethiopian Peoples' Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF).
Briefing local journalists on current situations today, Demeke said he will provide all the necessary support for the new leader Dr. Abiy so as to quickly resolve the problems that were identified by the Executive Committee of the front.
“All the leadership and the public must work in sense of urgency and unity by supporting one another to achieve the desired goals,” he noted.
Some of the measures, including the release of prisoners, rehabilitation of displaced citizens, were taken to resolve the problems identified by the Executive Committee, Demeke added.
“Above all, the evaluation and directions set could only be realized when we put our efforts in concerted and united way,” he stressed.
According to him, the extended evaluations of the front have created unity in resolving the prevailing problems related to democracy, rent-seeking, and federalism.
The growing mistrust among the member organizations due to externalization of problems has receded, Demeke stated, adding that “the recent resolutions have now turned the organizations to shoulder the responsibilities of bringing concrete results.”