The Administrator of Northern Red Sea region, Ms. Tsegereda Woldegergis, stated that major development programs have been implemented in the region over the past 20 years that played vital role in improving the people’s living standard.
Massawa, 18 March 2011 – The Administrator of Northern Red Sea region, Ms. Tsegereda Woldegergis, stated that major development programs have been implemented in the region over the past 20 years that played vital role in improving the people’s living standard.
In an interview she conducted in connection with the forthcoming symposium of the region scheduled to be held in Massawa from March 25 to 26, the Administrator explained that effective projects have been implemented in different parts of the region, especially remote areas with a view to promoting social justice.
Ms. Tsegereda indicated that more emphasis was laid in the task of putting in place infrastructure facilities as regards education, health, potable water supply and roads. As a result, access to education and health services has increased multifold, while over 60% of the population have become beneficiaries of potable water supply.
She further outlined the implementation of major development projects in the region at substantial investment, including the Free Economic Zone, rehabilitation and modernization of ports and ship docking facility, construction of modern airport, putting in place of national power plant, construction of modern factories as regards cement and corrugated iron, as well as construction of oil jetty and the like.
As regards tasks accomplished in transport and communications, Ms. Tsegereda noted that about 240 Km-long asphalt roads and over 300 km-long dirt road have been constructed, while telephone service has been introduced in the majority of the sub-zones. Outlining the commendable tasks undertaken in the installation of electricity service, she stated that Afabet has got access to 24-hour power supply, and that She’ib and Foro would soon follow suit. The remaining areas are using generators for the time being, she added.
Highlighting the available extensive agricultural potentials in the region, the Administrator indicated that there exists over 120,000 cultivation land, and that farmlands in She’ib and Afta-Zula could yield harvest twice a year. Ms. Tsegereda pointed out that micro-dams are under construction in Moga’e, Demas, Assa-Ela and other areas which would make significant contribution as regards agricultural development.