National Council for Grand Renaissance Dam Holds its 3rd Regular Meeting

National Council for Grand Renaissance Dam Holds its 3rd Regular Meeting

Addis Ababa, October 31, 2012 – (WIC) – The National Council in charge of mobilizing the public for construction of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam said 4 billion Birr has been collected so far out of the total amount pledged by different segments of the public for the project. The Council held its third regular meeting on Tuesday.

The National Council in charge of mobilizing the public for construction of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam had been set up 18 months back with the aim of mobilizing the public towards realization of the project.

The Council is also given the mission of creating mutual understanding among the Nile Basin countries.

The third regular meeting of the Council was aimed at evaluating the performance of the Council so far and discussing its 2005 E.C. budget year plan.

Addressing the meeting, Secretary of the Council, Bereket Simon remarked that last year the Council achieved good results in mobilizing the public towards supporting the construction of the dam. So far, the Council has managed to collect 4 billion Birr out of the total amount pledged by different segments of the public for the project.
Deputy Chairperson of the Council and Education Minister, Demeke Mekonnen said that the government would hold a ceremony on which civil servants would be thanked as they have entirely fulfilled their pledge.

Demeke further stated that intensive natural resource conservation activities have been carried out in connection with the Renaissance Dam.

Minister of Water and Energy, Alemayehu Tegenu on the occasion assured the gathering that the construction of the Dam is being carried out in line with the schedule.

Communications and Information Technology Minister, Dr. Debretsion Gebremichael for his part disclosed that construction of the Dam whose annual budget is supposed to be 12.3 billion Birr has cost 14.9 billion Birr last year.

It was noted on the occasion that various activities aimed at rehabilitating displaced people in connection with the Dam have been undertaken.