The face of road construction in Addis Ababa

Addis Ababa’s is experiencing a leap of infrastructure development. One of these developments is the city wide road construction initiative. However, many roads in Addis Ababa especially in the rainy season get completely damaged and are not convenient to use. Many reasons could be sited for this mishap. But the major reason could be sited as the roads being constructed without the proper quality in the first place. The government allots a large amount of budget for road construction each year. Unfortunately some roads are not constructed with the proper quality. Aside the large amount of money the government allocates for this activity, it also incurs another additional expenses for repairing or redesigning the roads as it can be seen from the total reconstruction and replacement of the newly finalized Kotebe road near Ararat Hotel. This road was surfaced with asphalt and unexpectedly it deconstructed and new project is going on in the same place wasting the first finalized road. This wouldn’t happen if the roads were constructed with the proper quality in the first place. The country loses lots and lots of money just for repairing these damaged roads which ironically get damaged few months after getting repaired. This clearly shows the allotted money is not entirely spent on the designated projects. The government has felt these urge to hold these people accountable and Addis Ababa road authority is amongst the government institutions investigated for corruption and whose officials were arrested just recently. TE believes that such follow up from the government side is very encouraging step forward and we hope not to see cancelation of finalized road projects and initiation of another replica that indirectly costs the public. Therefore, the society expects to see no substandard road construction. And finally we thank the Addis Ababa City Administration for the continuously growing infrastructure development for the sustainable socio economic development.

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Corruption perception index 2016

According to the index report, Ethiopia ranked 108th out of 176 countries inspected by Transparency International and scored 34 out of 100. Transparency International data shows Ethiopia suffers from high levels of bribery. And Data from the anti-corruption group’s research also shows that Ethiopia’s citizens and institutions suffer from high levels of bribery. The report indicates the wide spread of corruption in the country. Ethiopia is now under the group of countries that are considered to be corrupt. A lot has to be done by the government, each citizen, and other concerned CSOs like Transparency Ethiopia to bring about a significant change and take our country out from the corrupted countries group. 

 

Ethiopia - Corruption Perceptions Index

 

Date

Corruption Ranking

Corruption Index

2016

108º

34

Adama University graduation day

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on the graduation ceremony at Adama science and technology university on July 08, 2017,  higher governmental officials Demitu Hambisa, Dr.lemi the president of the university and the mayor of Adama town  Mrs.Adanech Habebe and others made an inspiring and impressive speech to over 30,000 attendants in the ceremony on the impacts of corruption and the significant role graduating students should play on underscoring the antic -corruption movement and good governance once they have graduated to create corruption free Ethiopia.  

'I can live well with what I have' Jose Mujica, president of Uruguay

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Jose Mujica is Uruguay’s president whose lifestyle clearly differs sharply from that of most other world leaders and often referred to as the world’s poorest president, who lives on a ramshackle farm and gives away 90 percent of his salary to charities which benefit poor people, small entrepreneurs and to educate poor children. President Mujica has shunned the luxurious house that the Uruguayan state provides for its leaders and opted to stay at his wife's farmhouse. The president says what he has is enough and he can live well with what he has. We salute this great person for his admirable act. The word would have been a lot better if we had few leaders like President Mujica.

Congratulations

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The management and staff of transparency Ethiopia congratulates Ato Amare Aregawi, the former board president of Transparency Ethiopia, the long serving editor-in-chief of the Reporter newspaper and currently the general manager of Media and Communication Center /MCC/ on receiving a prestigious recognition for his extra ordinary two-decade-plus contributions to the development of the private press in Ethiopia as well as his passionate defense of press freedom in the country from the president of Ethiopia Dr. Mulatu Teshome.

Source Reporter Newspaper, July 15, 2017 edition