Addis Ababa May 16/2017 An agreement that would enable to renovate the 24 meter tall Aksum Obelisk was signed yesterday at Aksum town.
The parties that signed agreement were the Authority for Research and Conservation of Cultural Heritages, the local company MH Engineering, and the Italian consultant Studio Croci.
Authority Director-General, Yonas Desta, said the renovation of the obelisk is necessary because the device fitted on the obelisk to absorb shock has failed due to age, sun light and rain.
The Government of Ethiopia has allocated 2 million Euros for the renovation of the obelisk which is expected to get finalized within a year.
The renovation would be carried out by the local company MH Engineering and Studio Croci of Italy’s company which reinstalled the Aksum Stele that was returned from Italy.
Aksum University and the community in its environs are expected to cooperate with the companies undertaking the renovation.
Italy’s Deputy Ambassador to Ethiopia, Dr. Jusssepe Copland, said on his part his country would provide support for Ethiopia in its efforts to repair historical heritages.
“Ethiopia and Italy have manmade and natural heritages”, he said, adding that this would further consolidate the relations between the two countries.
The obelisk over 1,700 years old weighs 160 tons and was registered by UNESCO in 1980.