ONLF highlights significance of Renaissance Dam to defeat poverty
Addis Ababa (NogobNews) 03/05/2011 Chairperson of the Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF), a moment which agreed to operate peacefully and abide by the Constitution, Eng. Salahudin Abdurahman, said that the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam being built on the Nile river would significantly assist Ethiopia’s efforts to defeat poverty.
In an exclusive interview with WIC, Eng. Salahudin said that the dam, which is expected to generate 5, 250 MW, will play a key role in making poverty history.
Ethiopia plans to export power to neighboring countries after the completion of the Gibe III hydropower project and Great Ethiopian Renaissance Dam.
“The completion of the two hydropower projects will help Ethiopia to have surplus electricity to export to the neighboring nations and generate foreign currency earnings,” he said.
Eng. Salahudin further said that the dam would play an essential role towards fostering good neighborhood through creating regional power interconnection among neighbors.
“I believe that all riparian countries, especial Egyptians understand the economic benefit of the dam and do their part for its realization,” he said.
Members of the Front are doing their level best to convince Diaspora Ethiopians and Ethiopian Somali Diaspora in particular to contribute their share either through buying bonds or funding the dam, he added.
Ethiopia constructed five hydroelectric power plants with a total generation capacity of 1,437 megawatts during the past 10 years “and this indicates government’s commitment to eradicate poverty,” he said.
Eng. Salahudin further appreciated the ongoing all round development activities and successes gained across the nation and the Somali State in particular.
“We, members of the Front highly praise the commitment of the Ethiopian government to improve the livelihoods of the people through efficiently exploiting natural resources available in the country,” he said.
Concerning those factions of ONLF who refused to sign peace accord with the Ethiopian government, Eng. Salahudin said that “these small groups being supported by the Asmaran regime are nearing to extinct.