Ethiopia’s Grand Renaissance Dam 42% Complete

Ethiopia's Grand Renaissance Dam 42% Complete
Ethiopia’s Grand Renaissance Dam

AFRICANGLOBE – Engineer Simegnew Bekele, Project Manager of the GERD, told reporters on Saturday that the project is progressing well in all its activities.

All the activities on the project “are progressing healthily in order to realize the project.

“We are mobilizing all the people, nations and nationalities of Ethiopia, including the Ethiopian Diaspora,” said Simegnew.

Ethiopia is now harnessing its potential for renewable energy to fight against poverty and improve the lives and livelihoods of its people, said Simegnew.

“This is a green energy; and this supports other renewable energy; and Ethiopia is the power hub; we have tremendous natural resources.

“So, we are now exploiting; we are now harnessing this potential to improve lives and livelihoods of individuals,” he noted.

“This is our primary agenda, number one agenda for our country; this is a project which is equipping us to fight poverty, our common enemy.

“The government has devised a strategy to improve the lives and livelihoods of individuals, the citizens.”And we have already started developing such kind of infrastructures that allow us to fight poverty,” he said.

He said, “On Nov. 28, 2014 we already booked world record with a daily average of 16,949 m3 roller compacted concrete.

“At the Great Ethiopian Renaissance Dam hydroelectric project on the Nov. 28, 2014 we have already placed 16,949 m3 of concrete, which is roller compacted concrete.”

Bereket Simon, Policy Study and Research Advisor Minister to the Prime Minister, told reporters on Sunday that the project is progressing on the schedule.

“It is amazing; right now it has reached around 40 per cent.

“We are right on the schedule in all fronts; the clearing of the bushes, the forest has been done well; construction, filling of the Dam have been done also according to plan,” Simon said.

Ethiopia celebrates Nations, Nationalities and Peoples Day on December 8 annually to commemorate the Day on which the country’s constitution was adopted about 20 years ago.

This year the Day is marked under the theme, “Constitutionally Embellished Ethiopianess for our Renaissance,” in Asosa, capital of Benishangul Gumuz Regional State.

Representatives of the nations, nationalities and peoples of Ethiopia from different parts of the country gathered in Asosa for the celebration.


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