12 February 2018

Ethiopia: Patting Job Creators On the Back


The Addis Ababa City Administration Bureau Micro and Small Enterprises (MSEs) development has recently readied 422 sheds, which could serve various functions. The working sheds have been built at different corners of the metropolitan area.

According to head of MSEs in Gulele Subcity Guesh Tekelemedhin, the working sheds which mainly serves for preparation of dry foods have been built taking into account the interest of the youth. The workshops under the Enterprise's umbrella house 25 sheds. They as well accommodate 200 organized youths. Mostly, they hire many unemployed youngsters. It is believed that at this point in time they will create job opportunities for 600 youths. Up on going fully operational several lucrative activities will be carried out in the workshops .

"A workshop which has been built in the Jemmo Site comprises 28 sheds. Each shed has the capacity of entertaining 50 people. In the near future, wood and metal work activities and the preparation of domestic consumption goods will take place in the workshop. The tardiness in the birth of the workshops is attributable to lack of electricity in our area," he added.

According to Leoulseged Yifru, Head of Addis Ababa MSEs Development, the main focus of the bureau is making the youth and women beneficiaries. This being the case, the bureau is running a range of activities with the intention of creating job opportunities for 61,000 youths placing huge focus on the construction sector and cobblestone laying tasks,"

"At this moment, 18,000 youths have already taken training. Due weight and attention will be given to metal and wood works, textiles, among others as the sheds have already been built taking the aforementioned facts into account. Above and beyond, a research is being done at Addis Ababa University, which helps us do the same down the road. It is believed that such gesture on the part of the government would create job opportunities for 113 thousand youths. The completed sheds are expected to create job opportunities for 10,000 citizens," he added.

"Building working sheds alone does not mean creating job opportunities. To the best of my knowledge, determination is required both from the youth and leaders. There is still lack of awareness concerning job creations," he appreciated.

As per, the Addis Ababa City Administrator, Deriba Kuma, additional 760 working sheds are under construction.

However,the plantation of machinery and installation of electric lines prove late in coming. Besides, the administration appropriated 300 sheds, which had been under the hand of illegal owners. All in all, we strive to create job opportunities for 12,000 youths.


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