Addis Fortune (Addis Ababa)

2 December 2012

Ethiopia: City Administration to Construct Eight Woreda Offices

The Addis Ababa Construction and Housing Development Bureau started the construction of eight newly designed woreda offices with 32.65 millionBr.

The new design which left space for future expansion and restructuring is to accommodate new public services brought into the woredas' administration structure under the Business Process Reengineering (BPR)reform and to provide accessibilities for users, which the former buildings did not consider, according to Abebaw Dires, public relation officer at construction and housing development bureau.

The design and supervision of the construction is awarded to Government Construction Agency.The construction is to house three woreda offices in Akaki Kaliti District, two in Bole District, two in Yeka District and one in Nifas Silk Lafto District, all expected to be finalised at the end of the current fiscal year.

The city administration provides the districts with budget, land and design of the buildings, after which the districts float tender by themselves to pick contractors for the construction. Each district is also obliged to participate five up to six Small and Micro Enterprises (SMEs) for the finishing of the buildings, said Estifanos Bisrat, public communication head at the bureau.

Since the restructure of the city in to 99 kebeles in 2002 and 116 woredas in 2010, the city administration has spent 400ml birr for construction of 98 woreda offices.

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