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Monday, October 6, 2014

Irecha, the thanks giving day of the Ethiopian Oromo people to God (Waqa), was celebrated colorfully on Sunday at the town of Bishoftu.
Though Irecha celebration takes place mainly at Bishoftu by Lake Hora-Arsedi, it is also conducted in different parts of the State of Oromiya.
The Ethiopian Culture and Tourism Minister Amin Abdulkadir said on the occasion that the government is working to develop and promote the country's cultural heritages including Irecha, having the appropriate policy.
Traditionally the Oromo people have their own cultural, social and political system known as the Gada system.
The head or the leader of the Geda system is locally known as Aba Geda.
During the Irecha Festival, community leaders and Aba Gedas give thanks to Waqa for the blessed transition from the rainy season to the new bright year.
Head of the Oromia Tourism and Culture Bureau, Mohamed Jilo, said that this year's celebration is special for the Bureau in collaboration with federal offices is close to registering this colorful festival on the UNESCO world heritage list.
'Irecha is regarded as one of the intangible heritages. So both the Geda system and Irecha celebration are in process to be registered as one of world heritages. The necessary researches have been made and almost 80 % of the research about the Gada sytem is completed,' he said.
'We are working together with the Federal Heritage Authority to complete the rest 20 % research document including the Irecha celebration and the document is expected to be submitted to the UNESCO this year,' he added.
Foreign tourists attending the celebration disclosed that they have been amazed by the color of the people, culture and traditions witnessed at the festival.
'The people are very friendly and very nice celebrations, happy to be here.
It's really great, huge crowd, love it,' said one foreigner.
Aba Geda's from different districts of Oromia , high federal and state government officials including chief of ormoia state Muktar kedir, speaker of the house of peoples' representatives aba dula gemeda and the huge crowd of the oromo community coming from different parts of Ethiopia attended this year's Irecaha celebration in Bishoftu town.
Meanwhile during their first conference, Aba Gedas from various parts of the Oromia region came together and formed unity at Bishoftu town.

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An efficient transportation system is importance for the development of a country. Having good quality read network is crucial in fighting against poverty by opening up more areas and stimulating economic and social development. Especially in Region like Sidama,good maintained roads will enhance poverty reduction by improving access to social, health and education services.

Following the rainy season most of the time most of Pista roads in Sidama require maintenance, however, concerning body neglects of maintaining roads like the one on the video. Building new roads cost money, but without maintaining the roads properly, they deteriorate very quickly. If nothing is done, roads with a design life of decades can need replacing or major repair work after just a few years.

That deterioration will very fast infect road transport in general where the costs will soar, which again will infect the economy of the transporters and health system. As the road network deteriorates, the whole country loses major assets build up over years, assets created with vast amounts of money, time and effort. Therefore, it is important that the concerning body acts quickly.
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The House of People's Representatives (HPR) is to launch its fifth term on Monday.
House Speaker, Abadula Gemeda, said the House will give priority to monitoring ongoing development of the county during the fifth term.
Ethiopia's first Growth and Transformation Plan (GTP) period comes to an end by this 2007 E.C. The year also marks the 5th term of the House of People's Representatives.
The House is mandated with the follow up of the major development activities of the country.
House Speaker, Abadula Gemeda, says during the current year the House will focus on monitoring and evaluation of performance on the GTP.
"We will carry out our monitoring and evaluation throughout the year focusing on assessing the performance of the various mega projects. The House has also prepared the procedures to be followed up to effectively evaluate the ongoing development scheme."
The different standing committees of the House that are in charge of various sectors also set out their guidelines to conduct their monitoring and evaluation.
GTP assessment shows that the annual productivity of major crops has grown to 253 million quintals from 191 million quintals in 2010, meeting the minimum case scenario of the GTP.
More than 6 million jobs have been created especially for the youth during the GTP period mainly through small and micro enterprises.
107 thousand houses have so far been constructed out of a total of 120 thousand houses planned to be constructed during the stated period.
The speaker stated that people-centered development works will be sustained in a strengthened manner.