Ethiopian News Agency (Addis Ababa)

25 April 2012

Ethiopia: College Stresses Need to Strengthen Indigenous Technology to Achieve GTP

Addis Ababa — President of the Defense Engineering College Kedir Aba Bulgo stressed the need to strengthen indigenous technology to achieve the Growth and Transformation Plan (GTP).

Speaking at the occasion of installation of a Solar Powered Time Clock in Bole sub-city here on Wednesday, Kedir said indigenous technology results are foundation for the development of technology in the country.

He said the public need to give support to indigenous technology side by side with the government's efforts to encourage the technology.

The clock is made in collaboration with the college and Yohannes Bezabih Publishing and Advertising Agency.

Agency Marketing Manager, Debebe Fekade on his part said some 500 similar time clocks will be installed in parts of the city with large population size.

Debebe said the time clocks will add beauty to the city side by side creating 120 jobs.

College Postgraduate Program and Research Dean, Dr. Ristu Yigzaw on his part said 95 per cent of parts of the time clock is made of local materials.

The time clock, which costs about 250,000 Birr, is environment friendly as it is solar powered, Dr. Ristu said.

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