The inhabitants of Gelalo sub-zone, Northern Red Sea region, are now leading better lifestyle thanks to the expansion of various social services over the past 20 years, stated Mr. Hamid Mohammed Ali, Administrator of the sub-zone.
Gelalo, 24 March 2011 – The inhabitants of Gelalo sub-zone, Northern Red Sea region, are now leading better lifestyle thanks to the expansion of various social services over the past 20 years, stated Mr. Hamid Mohammed Ali, Administrator of the sub-zone.
He told ERINA that prior to independence, the sub-zone used to be marginalized, but in the post-independence period various basic social services have been put in place.
Noting that there existed no single school in the sub-zone before independence, Mr. Hamid indicated that at present there are 22 schools which are providing educational opportunity to children who have long been deprived of such opportunity due to nomadic way of life. Female participation in education has equally shown 48% growth.
Also in line with efforts to ease potable water supply problem in the area, 61 wells have been dug and over 20 potable water supply projects implemented, which in turn enabled over 75% of the inhabitants to get access to potable water supply. Mr. Hamid further explained that 11 administrative areas have been interlinked through newly constructed road network, besides becoming beneficiaries of a 24-hour electricity and mobile phone services.
He pointed out that the sub-zone has become the main source of fish being supplied across the nation as a result of the Government’s support to traditional fishermen. Farmers are also boosting production through embarking on large-scale agricultural activities, he added.
Moreover, Mr. Hamid noted that there are health centers in Gelalo and Bada, health stations in Engele and Buya, as well as Menkaenile which are providing better service to the public.
Gelalo sub-zone comprising 12 administrative areas is located 135 Km. south-east of Massawa.