Describing the Victory of Adwa is like telling an open secret. Our forefathers made a grand history at the Battle of Adwa that is tantamount to the mountains of Adwa where they crashed Italian aggression. Thanks to this historic victory, we Ethiopians are blessed enough to celebrate the precious Victory Day while many countries in the world celebrate their Independence Days. The difference is crystal clear and the Victory of Adwa was a remarkable turnaround in many aspects.
It is true Ethiopian forces under the leadership of Emperor Menelik II surprised the world by defeating a well-equipped Italian troop, but what worth telling are the values that led the historic triumph. When a country appears united through difficulties, success is imminent. It is the unity, unimaginable sense of patriotism and determination that ended up as the first ever black people’s victory against a colonial power. It was a moment in which Ethiopianism shined and flourished.
The Ethiopian warriors under same flag spoke same words and acted in same swords as one when it comes to common enemies. Though slight disagreements were there among the different rulers of the nation, Adwa served as a conciliatory gesture. Had it not been for the Ethiopian warriors’ unity and determination, Ethiopia’s historic triumph against the well equipped Italian invading forces would not have been materialized.
Adwa was a huge breakthrough towards ending white supremacy over black people. It is a great victory where not only Ethiopians but other black peoples should amplify and magnify as well. It demonstrated the love for liberty, unity, country as well as human dignity that led to the Victory which the current generation must uphold.
In his book, The Battle of Adwa, Professor Raymond Jonas argues it was the Adwa campaign during Menelik's call for national mobilization that had the greatest contributions in making the victory of the greatest Campaigns of the 19th century.
The scale of the mobilization was central in Menelik's strategic plans, because of the amount of troops he and his wife Empress Taytu were able to lead and gather during the three month march towards Adwa. Not only does this show the leadership strength in mobilizing and maintaining an army for that duration, it also shows how the county was unified as well.
In fact, Ethiopian demonstrates unity and strength till this day against any form of common enemy. At the heart is the Victory of Adwa that still remains as fresh in the memories of Ethiopians. And the people should uphold similar values and triumph over to modern day challenges. The anniversary of the Adwa Victory will serve as morale to reaffirm commitment in solidifying unity and dignity as well as addressing the nation's present day challenges.
Ethiopians should stand together and put aside differences amid internal and external threats to build a strong, prosperous and peaceful nation in what were described as true character and values of forefathers that led to the great victory against Italian colonial power in the battle of Adwa in 1896, said FDRE President Dr. Mulatu Teshome, during the celebration of the Victory at the historic site.
The Victory came while African people were languishing under the yokes of colonialism. It is a vivid triumph brought through solidarity and unimaginable sense of patriotism. Adwa is so grand that it propelled the rise of fierce resistance in other African nations and among black people across.
The Victory besides maintaining sovereignty of the nation, showed a great determination to stand together and campaign against common enemy. Hence, following the footsteps of the patriotic fathers, the current generation must avoid discord and different views to hand over a united and strong nation to the future generation, added the President.
Through the Adwa Victory, Ethiopians were able to embolden similar black resistance movements with the outcome of frustrating the colonialists. Adwa became emblematic valor and resistance in the heart of black struggle, said Minister of Culture and Tourism Dr. Hirut Woldemariam.
Therefore, said Dr. Hirut, the current generation has a historical responsibility to build strong and unified nation and make the future bright for the upcoming generation by prioritizing the interest of the country to that of the individuals. To preserve and promote the victory, various projects and programs with more efforts would be strengthened as well
Tigray State Deputy Chief Administrator, Dr. Debretsion Gebremichael, through his representative said the Victory flickered a glimpse of hope among other African nations desperate to get rid of colonialism and win liberty. It is a culmination of series of wars between Ethiopia and various invaders. The great triumph was earned as the people acted as one which the existing generation should uphold.
Multifaceted packages are underway to develop the battleground and promote the historic victory while vowing to provide all the required assistance, she said.
Lij Daniel Jote, for his part said Ethiopian warriors stood in unison regardless of cultural, ethnic and religious differences to maintain unity. Hence this generation should strengthen cooperation and tolerance by following the suits of the ancestors.
While honoring and preserving unity, it is also important to develop and conserve the physical witness of the history. In fact, though things seem better since the last two years, the historical areas where the battle took place and where the Wechale Treaty was signed have not been well developed.
A three-year Adwa Mountains and Victory Tourism Project was launched in Adwa town in a bid to promote the historic Victory and develop touristic sites of the town. The 250 million Birr project initiated by Tigray Tourism and Culture Bureau is also part of the ongoing seven components of the state's tourism project. The project will have various tourism products under the capacity building and development promotion and conservation, burial sites and battle ground conservation.
News innovative tourism products including trekking, mountain climbing, Amphitheater, and hot air balloon, cable car will be part of the projects. Currently the town, which is home to various historical and cultural heritages, is hosting few tourists, he said, adding that the new project, up on completion, will help the town to host large number of visitors from around the world, Project Coordinator Tekelberhan Legesse said.
Similarly, early works have begun to develop the historic site of Yisma Nigus, a place where the Wuchale Treaty was signed between Ethiopia and Italy in 1889, whose repercussion led to the Victory of Adwa in 1896.
The place is considered as important component of Adwa Victory.
However, Yisma Nigus, has not been well promoted and conserved for long. Following persistent public lobby, the designs of a museum and other facilities have been prepared and contract is awarded to Amhara Design and Supervision Works Enterprise to commence construction, said Yisma Nigus Project Designer Samuel Abate. So far, over 25 million Birr has been secured out of the 80 million required for the project, learnt The Ethiopian Herald.
This is a historic area where not only Ethiopians but every black people should visit. Till now, the number of visitors is very few as a result of absence of well organized facilities.
This is a long coming decision and there is hope that the development will also help the surrounding area and town develop, the designer stated. A road connecting the place is constructed as part of the Universal Road Program.
According to Samuel, the construction is expected to take three years. The incident is part of the magnificent Adwa Victory, hence every black people need to make contributions.
The communities living around the historic place have consistently calling for the historic place to be developed and the development package targets to benefit the community in various ways.
In addition to the museum, lodge and others, the statues of Emperor Menelik II, Gerazemach Yosef who served as Italian interpreter and Conte Antoloni who represented Italy will also be erected in remembrance of the true sense of the moment.
To sum up, it requires a grand task to promote the grand history. And for it to happen as emblematic valor and resistance of black people, Ethiopians and other African nations should do everything they can to develop the historic battlegrounds and preserve the values that led to the Victory.
BY DESTA GEBREHIWOT
Several private companies engaged in leather and leather products, textile, metal and engineering, chemical and construction and agro-processing sectors convened in the Mellinum hall for an expo. The expo was organized by Dunamis Social Entrepreneurs Limited Private Company which aimed at connecting producers and international exporters as well as creating opportunities for technology transfer. But most importantly, it was mainly about promoting the national brand “Made in Ethiopia”.
I was approaching an engineering PLC, which displayed its products in variety in a small work shop, and two individuals were having some conversation about a product.
Dagmawi Eyasu, a coffee expert was looking for a machinery which he didn’t find in the country and he already decided to import it from abroad until he found it at engineering workshop.
Muzemil Mohamed is a Deputy Manager of the Company where Dagmawi found its long sought machinery, told The Ethiopian Herald that founding members of the PLC were public servants some sixteen years ago. Then we learnt about the bottlenecks in the industrial sector. “And we established this company borrowing a little money from one of our female partners. Our vision was not only addressing the bottlenecks of the industrial sector which the nation spends a lot of foreign currency from importing materials that could be covered by local producers. We also wanted to support the agricultural sector by producing agro-processing and mechanization materials.”
“We are trying to contribute in reducing the foreign currency incurred to import external products. The company is engaged in producing technologies like water gages and other important engineering products that could highly ease the hard jobs farmers face besides benefiting them. Accordingly, we are also working in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resource.”
According to Muzemil, his company is also promoting and implementing several technologies that are emerging from universities around the country. For instance, the machinery used for distillation of aromatic plant leaves which was considered impossible to be fabricated in Ethiopia. However, “We brought the design from England and our engineers were able to build the machine in collaboration with Debere Berhan and Bahir Dar universities,” noted Muzemil. Bahir Dar University also brought the idea to change the boiling system and we changed it from wood to flame gas. These is one step forward to the nation’s green development strategy. “As a result, the university is now operating with our improved machinery.”
On the other hand, college students are coming to the company for their practical studies. The company also hires these students and experts that come for their practicum.
Muzemil also said that the company is playing crucial role in giving capacity building training around neighbouring countries. “For instance, we are highly engaged in introducing water technologies and training the mechanisms in South Sudan. This has helped the South Sudan communities to support their economy with underground water irrigation developments. The training and technology transfer has also contributed in the nation’s foreign currency earnings worth 50, 000 USD,” he stressed.
Even though, the company has saved more than 250,000 USD from export by producing molds and other machneries for the local market, its products are not still well promoted. He noted that expos would play in creating market links and promoting the products.
Even if some products are well known with their quality, the cheaper similar materials imported from abroad are blocking the market, said Liuel Kinfe General Manager of a PLC which is engaged in manufacturing disposable plastic syringes. According to him, the company has the production capacity to supply its products in every health institutions throughout the world but imported materials with cheap price have dominated the market. “But the major factor is that most organizations have no idea about our products. Some of them don’t even know these materials are produced here in Ethiopia.”
However, the expo under the theme proud of my nation’s products and the brand “Made in Ethiopia” could be the future hope of these and other domestic and foreign companies. From the first-time experience of this international expo buyers, local and foreign, were attracted to the products displayed on.
“I have met many local investors who are interested to buy our machneries only in the past two days and this is very crucial to our business. I have had the chance to meet the South Sudanese Minister of Agriculture while I was there for training. The minister told us that he would like to introduce many of the strategies Ethiopia implemented to change its agricultural sector. We have also been asked to come up with a research project that would contribute for South Sudanese’ agriculture. That way our Ethiopian made technologies would disperse throughout Africa,” said Muzemil.
Developmental Safety net improving livelihoods
Being one of the fastest growing economies in Africa, improving its agricultural sector and ensuring food security has been the major task that Ethiopia has been carrying out by implementing several strategies and programs.
While the effort is still going on, different natural and climate related problems like the El Nino, La Nina have been affecting not only Ethiopia but also other African countries. Meanwhile, the country in collaboration with different developmental partners is addressing the problems with strategies that promote productive agriculture and food security systems.
Since small scale farming is the current key practice in Ethiopia, increasing productivity depends on how farmers utilize their small farms using agricultural inputs. The efforts have been showing progress from time to time as several agricultural knowledges and technologies are introduced to the farmers through agricultural extension programs.
However, there are many farmers and pastoralists that still need special supports from the government and development partners, in terms of ensuring their food security. This is due to the impacts of the above mentioned and other natural effects.
Developmental Safety net Program has been the governments effective strategies implemented in order to support households that has no or very low income throughout the country.
According to the Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources, this program has become more effective for the fact that it has been inclusive in different aspects. The services in this program include providing food supplies, capitals in order to bring members of the society in practicing their own new businesses and supporting women in different agricultural and other social aspects etc. These supports are not provided without engaging the beneficiaries in some social developmental task in their surroundings.
For instance, 17,157.47 metric tonnes of crops have been supplied for people who are participating in social development activities in Somali State over the past six months. Though numbers of beneficiaries vary from place to place similar supports are going to different states throughout the country.
The Ministry’s six months performance report indicate that more than four billion Birr has been distributed to the states and woredas all over the country for the implementation of the program including payments for those members of society who are participating in social development activities.
In terms of following up the implementation, the inspections have been made on field visits of all the states where the program has been undertaken. Consultative forums were also held with development partners following these field visits.
What makes this program most appreciated is that all safety net beneficiaries are not allowed to stay under the support of the program. In line with the social development activities, the beneficiaries have been receiving entrepreneurial and other technical trainings and were provided with initial capitals to start their own businesses which could be farming, animal husbandry, bee keeping etc. When they use their capital and develop their capacity, these members of the society would graduate from the program and start their independent lives.
This year alone, the Ministry has planned to graduate 212,340 safety net beneficiaries from Tigray, Oromia, Amhara, Southern Nations Nationalities and Peoples, Harari states and Dire Dawa City Administration. As a result, careful inspections are under way to make sure that the graduates have really met the criteria of maintaining sustainable income for themselves and their family.
The due attention given to ensure food security for its citizens and the measures taken to get rid of dependency mentality is no doubt a crucial step forward for the nation’s all inclusive developmental goals. Meanwhile, the finance expense for this tasks and the time must go inline otherwise it would be a loss for both the public and the government including our development partners.
BY HENOK TIBEBU
Hiding themselves in their own Trojan Horse and pausing as advocates of social justice and democracy, over the last two years, social media “patriots”, self styled liberators and “champions of freedom and democracy” had continued to violate children’s rights to education, mother’s freedom to go to local markets to buy food and the rights of daily laborers to eke life through their labor.
Burning down public and private vehicles, schools, clinics and public amenities has already become the tactics of thugs, turncoats and riffraffs pausing as democrats to destroy the cherished cultural values of all Ethiopians in a gradual and creeping manner hoping for gloom and doom of this proud country and its peoples.
This is just a reminder of an Oromifaa proverb which goes “Reefuu naatt ifee jette Jaartin mana offiirraatti Gubdee “ the old women burned down her house and said now it is all bright for me”
Nobody in bright mind claps when public and individual property is damaged, when town and village residents are ordered to confine themselves to their own houses, when shops are closed at day light and when roads are blocked.
In any volatile situation, it is the poor and poverty stricken children and mothers are the ones who suffer most. They become totally helpless and fragile in the face of lawlessness and chaos. This is what has been going on in this country which was and is peaceful.
Some Ethiopians think that they have two countries. No country can be cloned with whatever level of technology and this is totally unnatural.
No government, including the government of Ethiopia who can speak for itself, can oppose changes in polices and strategies. This is natural and inevitable and is supported by the government whose purpose of existence is meeting the multi-faceted needs of the public.
Destroying public and private property, closing down schools and shops that cater to the public is totally incompatible with interests of the peoples of Ethiopia and would only mean a gross miscalculation on Ethiopia’s quest for peace and inclusive national development.
Yes, just like any developing country, Ethiopia is facing various development challenges and good governance shortfalls that are officially admitted by the ruling party and the government. The litmus paper for the government efforts is the way it is currently responding to public needs and interests.
Declaration of a state of emergency was not the original intent of the government and it has never targeted honest citizens on the street but the organizers of the conspiracy against the country.
Some even take the case as a promulgation of a martial law which is under normal conditions declared by a military regime to quell any level of opposition. Ethiopia’s state of emergency is declared to enforce the constitutional rights of the public and to safeguard the development gains of the country.
The juxtaposition between the quest for peace and democracy specifically entails unflinching enforcement of the rule of law and lawlessness may sometimes be far beyond the capacity of law enforcement bodies demanding the declaration of a state of emergency. This is not unique to Ethiopia as it is in consonance with the provisions of the international law.
No society has ever been led by anonymous social media rattling by those who shed alligators tear from remote while they themselves enjoy the peace and tranquility they are provide at the expense of their host country. The violators of human rights themselves tell us about human rights violation which they have cunningly triggered through social media.
The concept of citizenship implies a natural adherence and sprit of belongingness to a country. It indicates belonging to a specific historical society in a specific geographical setting. It also entails constitutional rights and obligations. Swimming against the flowing demands of the public is therefore tantamount to betrayal of the highest proportions.
In reality and in the most natural sense, any human being, of course including all Ethiopian, wherever they may be enjoy at least 5 levels of relationship in this planet of ours. First of all, every one, weather she is born in or outside of wedlock will have a father and a mother.
This is a natural biological relationship of any person who is normally born or through a Cesarean section. Next, as the result of this, one belongs to a specific ethnic group and finally becomes a citizen of a country like Ethiopia. Further on, Every Ethiopian is an African and every African is a dweller on our planet which is part of our solar system which belongs to our galaxy known as Milky Way. In this context, everyone is a citizen of Ethiopia either by birth or by expediency and at the same time connected to the universe.
Ethiopia’s federal system itself is not an end in itself but a democratic system of government organized at whims and desires of every citizen. One is born in a certain ethnic group and becomes a citizen of a country, unless his/her right to citizenship is legally lifted through due process of law or unless one decides to shift his/her citizenship.
The real enemy of all the peoples of Ethiopia is undoubtedly poverty itself. Poverty however cannot be defeated through unjustified punitive actions that benefit nobody.
Peace does not come out of the blue unless every one works for it and by and large; it is a sine qua non for national development, security and safety.
Peaceful demonstrations and petitioning the government on any public or individual issue is a constitutional right of any citizen and should even be encouraged by the government as
The current conspiracy against this country is indeed part of a dress rehearsal towards a major attempt to balkanize the country and give way for a permanent reign of terror and civil war in the Horn of Africa.
The government and the concerned sector ministries like the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs etc can reverse the current irregular situation in the country by organizing public education on the constitution of the country and basic civil rights as a means of involving the public to fight for their basic rights to peace and development.
The creation of a demanding society needs to be buttressed with visible and measurable response to the ever growing public demands particularly focusing on service delivery in all sectors. Particular emphasis needs to be given to the performance of sectors in the lowest echelons of government structure.
The prevalence of accountability in all sectors of the development programs of the country is critical to the rapid development of the country and swift response to the interests and needs of the public.
A lot has been said and done on empowering the youth and women through various development programs like youth packages, safety net programs and the like. However, to what extent are these sectors of the society benefiting from such programs? What are the achievements? To what extent are the regional governments utilizing the funds meant for youth development? What are the weak links and areas of strength in this area? It is high time to monitor and evaluate the results and demand accountability on these programs unless the government risks a proliferation of despair and discontent among the decisive strata of modern Ethiopian society.
BY SOLOMON DIBABA
Ethiopia’s role in the international arena is not as it had been two or three decades ago. Now, the influence of the country in several aspects, including economic, political and peace and security spheres, has significantly increased. So does the attention the country receives from the international community. Ethiopia has also been striving to create a healthy and cooperative ties with countries, regional and continental blocs as well as prominent international institutions.
The philosophical underpinning of the country’s foreign and national security policies gives due emphasis to diplomatic engagements that aim at advancing the country's rapid economic development and regional economic integration.
As a country that emerged out of turmoil nearly two and a half decades ago, Ethiopia has been striving to achieve peace, stability, democracy and sustainable development both internally and regionally. It is for this essential purpose that the nation has undertaken successful diplomatic activities at multinational and bilateral platforms.
Putting economic diplomacy at the center of it all, the country transforms the political relations it creates with countries to mutually beneficial economic prosperity.
Ethiopia’s emergence as the leading country in attracting Foreign Direct Investment also shows the effectiveness of its economic diplomacy. Many nations across the world want Ethiopia to engage in mutual dialogue and bilateral economic and political ties.
In turn, Ethiopia’s significant economic achievement has contributed a lot to its growing influence in the diplomatic sphere.
Besides achieving sustainable economic growth, Ethiopia has also been playing constructive role in the Horn of Africa by sending peacekeeping forces in countries that are hit by civil conflicts and promoting regional economic integration by expanding infrastructure such as roads, railway line, and power connectivity. The country is also hosting over 800, 000 refugees from the neighboring countries.
It is this central role that the country has been playing that enabled it to gain increased attention and acquired political acceptance across the globe.
An addition to this is the fact that Ethiopia is one of the oldest states in the world to form diplomatic relations with various countries since ancient times. In modern history, the country took part in international platforms in the 1920s. It has also played significant role in resisting colonialism, being beacon of freedom for black people.
It is this tradition that enabled the country to become the seat of the African Union and Economic Commission for Africa and other various international organizations and embassies.
As it has been demonstrated in various aspects, the stability and economic development of Ethiopia has a positive impact on various international interest groups. And the country’s emphasis on mutual trust and cooperation has turned many to look into the country.
This week alone, among others, the foreign ministers of the US, Russia and the UAE, Rex Tillerson, Sergey Lavrov and Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed respectively would visit Ethiopia. Besides the Ethio-UAE Joint Ministerial Forum and the Ethio-France Business forum would be held here in Addis and the President of the World Trade Organization would confer with President Mulatu.
It is expected that yet another fruitful discussions that guarantee regional peace and stability to further boost development and regional economic integration that ensure the interests of all would be held.
ADDIS ABABA - Ethiopian Agricultural Business Corporation earned revenue of 730.4 million birr in the last six months from sale of agricultural inputs such as fertilizers and agrochemicals significantly surpassing the plan, which was 448.8 million birr.
Amarech Bekele, Corporate Communication and Community Participation Head told The Ethiopian Herald that the performance is overwhelming in that it surpasses the plan by 132 percent and has showed a 182, 100 and 30 percent increase from the performances of the last three years respectively.
According to the Head, the Corporation supplies the inputs through its ten branches throughout the country.
In the process, the Corporation has also been committing itself to discharge Corporate Social Responsibilities. “For instance, besides creating some 4000 new jobs, we have designed projects to build schools and other facilities in places where we have mega projects such as in Omo and Awedait.
She also rose that the corporation’s success is backed by hardworking workers along with strong follow-up and supervision from the higher governmental offices like that of the Ministry of Public Enterprises.
Building the capacity of employees, modernizations of the whole system, increasing the quality and quantity of supplies, and involving stakeholders and communities for sustainable good performance have been identified as focus areas in the coming times, as per Amarech.
The Ethiopian Agricultural Business Corporation was established by merging Ethiopian Seeds Enterprise, Agricultural Mechanization Service Enterprise, Agricultural Inputs Supply Enterprise, Agricultural Equipments and Technical Services Share Company, and Natural Gum Ethiopia in 2015.
BY MISAEL LEMMA
ADDIS ABABA -- Ethiopia and United Arab Emirates (UAE) signed Memorandum of Understating (MoU) for political consultation as the second Joint Ministerial Commission forum was held yesterday.
The two sides were represented by Ethiopian Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr. Workneh Gebeyehu and Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the United Arab Emirates Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan who is in official state visit to Ethiopia.
The two countries also agreed to expand investment, people to people and diplomatic ties.
The relation of the two countries dates back to the ancient times cemented by the people to people cooperation said Dr. Workneh adding that the cooperation also grew into commercial and cultural spheres.
According to Dr. Workneh while the both countries remain desirous to further enhance their bilateral relations, their trade volume has reached 500 million USD with UAE investors running 105 worth nearly 11 billion Birr in Ethiopia.
The joint commission will take the cooperation in to new heights and Ethiopia offers remarkable opportunities for UAE investors with so much incentives in the package.
The countries should redouble their engagement to promote trade investment in various spheres. They should continue to work closely to fight emerging security threats such as terrorism and extremism.
Ethiopia also urged Middle east countries to find diplomatic means to solve the gulf crisis. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed for his part said there is trust and cooperation between the two countries. UAE investors are ready to further invest in Ethiopia. The bilateral ties is gaining momentum and UAE is keen to expand collaboration in different arenas .
It was learnt that the two countries have finalized preparation to sign oversees employment agreement to ensure protection for Ethiopian employees.
Meanwhile, President Dr. Mulatu Teshome conferred with Sheikh Abdullah on ways of strengthening the cooperation on trade and investment.Dr. Mulatu . It was also noted that UAE is Ethiopia's strategic economic partner in the Middle East. The two countries also agreed to upgrade the bilateral tie in agriculture, pharmaceuticals and other investment sectors.
The bilateral tie between Ethiopia and UAE dates back to 1973.
Herald staff, Yohanese Jemaneh also contributed to the story.
BY DESTA GEBREHIWOT
ADDIS ABABA – Experts stressed on the need to extensively work to empowering health workers on Compassionate and Respectful Care (CRC) and improve quality of health services.
CRC creates a smooth relationship between health professionals and patients and plays a key role in the recovery of the latter.
Identifying the factors behind the poor CRC service delivery, Getahun Tibebu, Clinical Psychologist at Addis Ababa University told The Ethiopian Herald that as CRC is among the major components of quality health service, it is timely to organize and offer trainings to empower health professionals.
According to him, reducing workload, creating conducive work environment and addressing other concerns of health professionals would help improve CRC services in health institutions.
On the other hand, he said, various trainings have to be given on patient psychology as such understanding would help the process of treatment and healing. It also helps physicians to operate consciously and patients to develop confidence on the treatment.
Meseret Ketema, Senior Quality Assurance Expert at the Ethiopian Management Institute for his part noted that stakeholders ought to cooperate and give due attention to the CRC as improved health access is the key factor behind the country’s overall progress.
Beyond giving short term training, ensuring the quality of education should be the foundation to increase the number of health professionals who specialized in CRC, he stated.
CRC is the base behind improved healthcare services for creating positive interaction among health workers and patients, said Abiyu Geta, CRC Health Workforce Development Team Coordinator Ministry of Health.
Improving quality health care is among the major development agendas during the second Growth and Transformation Plan, and the ministry is preparing CRC manuals and striving for their implementation as part of the general plan, he stated.
A study conducted by the AAU indicated that significant numbers of patients are not satisfied with the health services due to lack of CRC among the professionals.
The preparation of a document to establish national council led by the prime minister that would specifically work on CRC has been finalized.
BY YOHANES JEMANEH
ADDIS ABABA - Ever since the victory of Adwa, Ethiopia has been at the heart of African independence struggle against both colonialism and new form of modern day dominance, says Ambassador Jean Mfasoni, Special Advisor to the Chairperson of the African Union Commission.
The Victory of Adwa is a source of pride for Africans. It is also a landmark that Africans through Ethiopia ascertained their will to be sovereign, independent and free from any form of foreign colonial domination.
“It is an honor for the AU to show that recognition to Ethiopian gallant patriots who had made it possible for the country to remain free and independent and making the voice of Africa heard around the globe,” he adds.
It is a victory not just for Ethiopia but for all oppressed nations of Africa. It is a cornerstone for African resistance against injustice and suppression that African nations cherish and recognize, the Ambassador notes.
According to Ambassador Jean, Ethiopia as a founding member of the UN had fought to accelerate the liberation of Africa and it has also been a cradle for the establishment of Organization of African Unity and AU, the continuation in another form of the fight to be fully independent.
The Continent must achieve full economic and socio-cultural independence and Ethiopia is in this regard remains an example playing a leading role among other nations, in the full liberation of the Continent. Achieving a united, integrated, peaceful and prosperous Africa then would be possible if other countries follow suits.
The AU will be open to any initiative to promote Adwa which laid strong foundation for pan-Africanism and it welcomes the proposed Adwa Pan-African University and it will see what kind contribution the Union will do to realize the project.
BY DESTA GEBREHIWOT
ADDIS ABABA—The Command Post which is in charge of enforcing the State of Emergency (SoE) said majority of public movement in the unrest hit parts of nation have been restored to normalcy.
Command Post Secretariat and Defense Minister Siraj Fegesa told a press conference yesterday that since the decree put in place, the Command Post has executed effective activities in collaboration with the public to normalize the situation in the country, he stated.
Indicating that closure of main roads have disrupted movements previously, Siraj said the initial efforts of the command post have restored stability and opened transportation except the Addis Ababa-Nekemte-Asosa and Addis Ababa- Woliso-Jimma routs.
The Minister added that security forces and patrols have been deployed to help these two routes open for traffic.
Some social media campaigners have injected their hidden agendas in the pretext of the legitimate public demands thereby to assume power in a short but illegal way.
This is totally an unacceptable move as the incumbent is the only legitimate body to administer the country; he stressed adding there is no way that the government can entertain such interested parties and foreign governments.
Furthermore, the Minister underlined that the government is treating the unrest with great patience till the youth taking part in the unrest come to their senses and stop violent acts.
He noted that those who thought the government is weak to contain the current problems are totally wrong.
“The country has been able to maintain normal circumstances even after the Prime Minster submitted a letter resignation. “We have strong ruling party and ever strong security apparatus.”
The government fully acknowledges that the good governance and development demands are legitimate and should be addressed step by step, according to him.
BY HAFTU GEBREZGABIHER