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Local people around Omo Kuraz sugar development project called on the government to strengthen efforts geared towards maximizing their benefits.
The residents, who had long been marginalized, said they are happy with development activities in the area which include the sugar development project.
The local people are also content with the villagization programme which the government launched to transform the livelihood of the pastoral community.
“As a result of the launching of the project, we are benefiting from the various facilities such as roads, potable water, schools, health stations and flour mills built in the villages,” they said.
“I am very happy to be a resident of this village. The government enabled me engage in development. I raise cattle. I grow crops. The government provides me select seed. I am improving my living conditions,” Zinku Bashah, from Village II said.
“Thanks to the sugar development project, we have access to road, potable water, school, and health facilities which were longing for in the past,” he said.
“We had long been marginalized and deprived of any development activities. But now we want to reach the level where other pastoralists attained. We residents of the area want our children to get educated,” he said.
“I was one of those who opposed the villagization programme at the beginning. But now, it is more than what I expected. I am getting every support from the government. My five children are attending their education at the nearby school,” Mami Nganga from Village I said.
“The government is providing us with pasture and farming land. We are getting the necessary infrastructure. Health professionals come and vaccinate our animal,” he added.
“We want to change our living condition. I want to buy a car. We want the government to stand by our side until we become self-reliant,” Mami said.
“We had no strength when were living scattered. Now we are inspired. We are learning. We are drinking clean water,” Duge Tati, from Village I said.