Nation celebrates GRD construction launch 2nd anniversary

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Addis Ababa, April 3 (WIC) - The second anniversary of the launching of the construction of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GRD) was celebrated at the construction site yesterday.

Deputy Prime Minister and Education Minister Demeke Mekonnen on the occasion said the Dam indicates the rebirth of ancient history and civilization of Ethiopia.
Demeke, who is also President of the National Council for the Coordination of Public Participation in the Construction of the Dam, said that the launching of the construction work demonstrates that Ethiopians are capable of accomplishing even what seems impossible.

He said construction of the Dam has brought about renewal of the ancient Ethiopian history and civilization while attested the ongoing development in the country.
So far, some one fourth of the required 80 billion birr has been secured for construction of the Dam, he said, adding the public have carried out soil and water conservation activities, which helps to prevent silt from entering the dam.

Water and Energy Minister Alemayehu Tegenu on his part said the project is well underway according to schedule. Alemayehu said the construction of the Dam indicates Ethiopia's effort to contribute in the fight against global climate change.

The Dam, being constructed in the Benshangul-Gumuz State, will be the largest hydroelectric plant in Africa. Ethiopia covers the entire cost of construction of the Dam 18 per cent of which is completed.

The late Premier Meles Zenawi laid the foundation April 2, 2011. (EPA)