Ethiopia: Unity in Diversity Remains Critical for National Development - Premier Abiy

Addressing a public gathering in the town of Ambo, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said that in a country like Ethiopia, unity remains the hallmark and the main option for inclusive development.

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and a team of government officials on working visit at Ambo town including Deputy Prime Minister Demeke Mekonnen, Sheferaw Shegute, Head of the Office of the Secetariate of EPRDF, Lemma Megeressa, President of Oromia Regional State, and Foreign Minister Workneh Gebeyehu presided over a huge public gathering held at Ambo Stadium in Ambo town.

The Premier had his first work visit to the Somali Regional State on April 8, 2018 whereby he called for immediate resolution to come for the recent conflict in the border areas of Oromia and Somali regional states.

Today Premier Abiy made his second leg official working visit to Oromia Regional State of Ambo town, where the town was one of the most restive areas in the past two years.

Addressing a mammoth gathering drawn from Ambo town and its environs, Premier Abiy stressed on the need for unity for development. Strengthening unity in the economic, social and development as well as on other sectors is the call of the day for the nation, the Prime Minister said.

Stressing on the need for unity, the Premier said "if we develop the culture of listening to each other, we can achieve our major goals for our growth development."

He added "I urge you all to promote our unity in diversity by supporting each other, so that we can realize our strategic dream."

The Prime Minister also said that the government is preparing several mechanisms as a means of responding to the demands and needs of the youth through identifying the major challenges facing the youth.

He added that the government is striving to improve the educational system of the country, as education is the main tool to get rid of illiteracy and poverty.

Also speaking on the occasion, Deputy Prime Minister Demeke Mekonnen said Ethiopia will achieve its goals of becoming a mid level developed country by 2025 through working in unison for the lofty goal achievements.

"Even though the country has achieved a lot over the previous several decades, still remains to be desired in filling the gaps in our development endeavors," Demeke said.

Demeke noted that the government is already aware of the limitations in various sectors and striving to address the challenges by drawing lessons from the preceding shortfalls.

Lema Megerssa, President of Oromia Regional State who also delivered a speech on the occasion said that both the federal and regional governments of the country will work without ceasing in effectively responding to the demands of the public.

The main agenda of the federal government in general and that of Oromia in particular is to uphold a democratic culture and tradition in the country, he added.

In April 2014, protests began in the town of Ambo and other areas of Oromia, after the government announced its readiness to implement the master plan in bid to develop the capital Addis Ababa and the surrounding area of Oromia Special Zone in an integrated way.

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