Jigjiga April 09/2018 Tribal leaders and elders of Somali Regional State have expressed readiness to sustainably resolve the conflicts around border areas of Somali and Oromia states.
The tribal leaders made the promise at the public discussion attended by PM Abiy and senior government officials during the weekend at Jigjiga.
One of the Somali elders, Abdikerim Kelinlae stated that peace is crucial; and the harmoinious existence of the peoples that lasted centuries must be restored.
Bisame tribal leader, Garad Kulmiya Mohammed said the leaders and inhabitants of the two regions should ensure peace in their border areas by closely working together; and added that his tribe is ready to become active participant in resolving the conflict permanently.
Former President of Somali Regional State, Abdulahi Hassan stressed that it is crucial the Oromia and Somali States Development Affairs Bureau, which used to cater to the border areas of the two regions, resumes its activities.
Speaking on the occasion, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said the conflicts and misunderstandings between the peoples residing in the border areas should be resolved by the joint efforts of the peoples of the two regions.
The Premier added that the government will place due attention and effort to bring peace and tranquility, and requested the tribal leaders and elders to work earnestly to prioritize the restoration of peace in the border areas.
Also speaking on the occasion, Somali Regional State President Abdi Mohammed Omer reaffirmed that the leadership in the region will actively work to restore peace.
The President appreciated the newly elected PM, along with senior officials of the federal government and leaders of Oromia State, for travelling to the region to discuss peace.
Oromia Regional State President Lemma Megersa expressed his admiration to the Premier for prioritizing peace, and underscored on the positive implications of the visit.
“We came to you to seek peace,” Lemma said, adding that the peoples of Somali and Oromia are culturally, religiously and historically interwoven.
He noted that the leaders in the border areas have all the capacity to resolve the conflicts in a peaceful and sustainable manner.
Addis Ababa April 09/2018 President Vladimir Putin of the Russian Federation has congratulated Abiy Ahmed on his being elected the Prime Minister of Ethiopia, Office of the Spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs reported.
President Putin expressed his hope that Prime Minister Abiy will play a constructive role in promoting multi-sectoral relations between the two countries for the mutual benefits of their peoples.
The President lauded the long-standing relations between Ethiopia and Russia based on mutual respect and friendship.
In his congratulatory message, President Putin wished good health and fruitful working season for Prime Minister Abiy, according to the Office of MoFA Spokesperson.
Earlier, Prime Minister Li Keqiang of China, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Britain’s Foreign Minister Boris Johnson, King Mohammad Bin Salman Al Saud of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, President Abdul Fatta El Sisi of Egyptian, President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya, and a number of leaders of countries had conveyed messages of congratulations to Prime Minister Abiy.
Addis Ababa April 09/2018 The U.S. government has reportedly donated today the first latest body scanner device in Africa to Ethiopian Airlines.
The device worth about 1.5 million US dollars will enhance the safety and security of its passengers.
US Ambassador to Ethiopia Michael Raynor said the new technology is the first deployment in Africa that will enhance Ethiopian’s ability to detect not only potential hazardous items but contraband items such as drugs and illicit wild animal products as well.
“Today we’re celebrating the installation of state-of-the-art equipment that will enhance the safety of millions of travelers who either visit Ethiopia or transit this important hub every year,” he said.
The airlines rapid growth comes with enormous benefit in terms of trade, tourism and investment opportunities not just in Ethiopia but in the US and beyond, Raynor elaborated.
“This growing connectivity opens a door for prosperity because we all know that we can’t have sustainable prosperity without security,” he stressed.
Ethiopian Group Chief Executive Officer, Tewolde Gebremariam said the new device will facilitate the security screening of baggage and passengers.
The CEO added that Ethiopian Airlines has been very safe in terms of security with the support of US Transportation Security Administration and the national security agency of Ethiopia.
Addis Ababa April 09/2018 Multiple actions needed to create drug free youth, a decisive work force in the country against the menace of drug addiction by working in collaboration with government and the public institutions, experts in the field recommended.
In an exclusive interview with ENA, experts said that concerted efforts should be exerted on top of establishing independent institution to ease the problem of drug addiction across the country.
According to a research published on Journal of Pharmaceuticals Care and Health Services, drug abuse and associated problems are of current global concern. It has become an epidemic in some parts of African regions.
The common substances abused in most African countries are alcohol, tobacco, cannabis or marihuana and khat. In case of Ethiopia, alcohol, khat and tobacco are the most widely abused drugs.
Professor Tsige Gebremariam, President of the Ethiopia Science Academy said policy makers must work in collaboration with the public including the drug addicts to mitigate the dire consequences of drug abuse.
“We have to have national consensus regarding this issue before they go out of control and affect the most productive sector of the society, we need to have national campaign by preparing long term and short term plans to eradicate this problem,” he said.
Elias Kahele, who was once a drug addict for 13 years now is a leading activist at “Mekuamya” community development organization, said alcohol and drug addiction is not properly addressed.
His organization is working in collaboration with the government and various concerned institutions focusing in awareness creation to tackle the problem of drug addiction.
Elias added “We must call upon political, religious leaders, professional associations and the society to be effectively committed to the prevention of the impending crisis that is looming.”
Professor Atalay Alem, Senior Psychiatrists at Addis Ababa University said on his part in order to consult the government and support law makers and to upgrade the awareness of the society, an institution that works on controlling alcoholism and drug abuse need to be established.
"This issue is under the jurisdiction of Food, Medicine and Health Care Administration and Control Authority but given the depth and extent of the problem, this social problem with multiple dimensions cannot be solved with the effort of a single institution," he added.
Solomon Tefera, Assistant professor of Psychiatry at Addis Ababa University noted that the formulation of an institution is significant to take remedial activities to tackle the problem in a concerted manner by pulling together the current scattered efforts.
"We need to share and benchmark the experiences from other countries as a step in establishing similar institution, which will address a potential disaster triggered by the proliferation of alcohol and drug addiction," he added.
In Ethiopia the proliferation of alcoholism and drug addiction emanates from various social and economic factors including laxity in the enforcement of laws on drugs, irresponsible advertisements on alcoholic drinks, unemployment and abuse of essential drugs meant for the treatment of other diseases.