Jimma – Various infrastructural development projects are being executed in Jimma town at a cost of over 800 million Birr jointly by the government, NGOS, investors and the public, the town’s Administration said.
Speaking at a consultative forum held in the town, Mayor of the town Ahmed Abagisa and town’s OPDO public Relations office head, Seman Abagojjam said though Jimma is one of the areas known for early civilization, its development has been hampered by various reasons.
Various infrastructural development projects aiming at enabling Jimma to become a trade centre in South Western Ethiopia are being executed.
The projects include construction and expansion of road, houses, health facilities, airport and various investment projects.
According to the officials the construction of road covering over 30 kms, 1,650 condominium houses, modern market centers, a hospital and abattoir is being executed in different parts of the town.
Expansion and construction of the Jimma airport and a referral hospital launched at a cost of 417 million Birr allocated by the federal government is also well in progress.
In addition, they said investors with an aggregate capital of over 170 million Birr and NGOs operating in the town have launched the construction of some 57 social service facilities.
The projects that are expected to take three years have so far created jobs to more than 6,000 citizens.
The Bonga-Jimma road being constructed and the Addis Ababa-Jimma road which was constructed with an outlay of over 600 million Birr would have a significant contribution to increase investment flow to the town.
They said the administration has prepared a new master plan for the town.
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