Gov’t will do all to ensure safety of people living at accident-prone areas: GCAO

Addis Ababa, March 18, 2017 (FBC) –The disaster which occurred at garbage dump landslide on the outskirts of Addis Ababa is a lesson that both the city administration of Addis Ababa and the nation have to learn, according to Government Communication Affairs Office (GCAO).

The accident that happened last Saturday at a place commonly known as ‘Koshe’ killed 113 people. Majority of the dead were women.

In a press conference he gave to local journalists here today, Dr Negeri Lencho, Minister of GCAO said the accident proved that “we have to be in a hurry to improve the livelihoods of citizens who are in difficulty.”   

Works will be undertaken to protect people living near rivers in the capital ahead of accidents, he said, adding the master plan prepared by the administration will help address such problems and make the city conducive for living.

He said activities are underway in partnership with the Addis Ababa University (AAU) and University of Texas to establish a team that will investigate the cause of the garbage dump landslide accident, Dr Negeri pointed out.

As to the attack carried out this week in Gambella regional state by gunmen from South Sudanese Murle tribe, the minister said they killed people, kidnapped children and robbed properties from the regional state.

According to him, six children and 180 cattle were recovered so far. Ethiopia security forces will patrol the area to stop them crossing into the regional state as they don’t represent the Sudanese government, he said.

Responding to question raised in connection with the Nile Basin water resources, he said, Ethiopia has been pushing those countries which signed the Cooperative Framework Agreement (CFA) to endorse it in their respective parliaments. 

Ethiopia’s policy towards Eritrea is unchanged; however, he said, a new policy research is underway to improve the Ethio-Eritrean relations.

Though the cause of the conflict at the boundary between Oromia and Ethiopian Somali regional states is associated with land issue, the federal government and both regional states managed to calm down the clash between both sides, he noted.

However, he said, the government will take immediate actions against those responsible for the conflict.

Translated and posted by Amare Asrat