The Somali regional government has finalized preparation to commission construction of 5 asphalt roads of a 9 km long in Jigjiga city, headquarter of Somali region. The contract of this project was given to China Communications Construction Company (CCCC) which is taking part in key infrastructure projects, including the 216 km Woldiya-Mekelle railway construction, Addis Ababa ring road, the 78 km Addis Ababa-Adama toll expressway and expansion of Addis Ababa Bole International Airport.

Mr. Mubashir Dubad, head of the regional Finance and Economic Development Bureau speaking to the media described the project as the largest to be executed in the year 2011, and the 5 roads will be constructed with a total cost of 700 million Birr. Mr. Dubad, further explained the roads are expected to be finalized within one year.

Jigjiga city is not only headquarter of the region but also a commercial hub of the Eastern Ethiopia and it’s among one of the fastest growing city in the country, yet, the city is very congested and lacks adequate highway roads suitable for the increasing vehicles and pedestrians.

These roads will link different parts of the city and help make the city very attractive and boost and strengthen economic ties within the state and between other regional States.

In another development, President Mustafa Omar has launched a zonal hospital and installation of water pipeline in Shinle town yesterday. On his inauguration speech, he said his administration was busy stabilizing the region after August 4th disaster and has prioritized reforming the security and judiciary sector which was responsible for the worst human right abuses recorded in the country.

President Mustafa commissioning hospital in Shanile zone

The president informed the public that now the region is relatively stable and the long outstanding party congress meeting has been finalized, his administration will give the due attention to the delivery of basic services like health, education, agriculture, roads and etc

President further said the ongoing comprehensive reform in the region can only be realized if it successfully ensures development that benefits the youths and empower women in order to meet the growing unemployment and realize its vision of poverty reduction.