Tue. Jul 5th, 2022

Abdi Mohamud OmarThe recent visit of the Ethiopian national delegation led by the deputy prime minister Demeke Mekonnen to the Somali region has raised questions about the fabrication of nomadic resettlement claims.

The government adopted a strategic plan to save thousands of nomadic people in the Somali region from recurring droughts which affects people and their livestock each year.

Experts from the international food organizations advised the government to create programs for resettling nomadic people near the rivers and transform them into farmers.

The responsibility of this project had been given to the Somali authority three years ago. The national delegations recently visited the Somali region and found slow progress despite the budget allocated for resettlement.

Last week the Ethiopian Prime Minister ordered the Somali regional president Abdi to come to Addis Ababa to explain himself about the questions raised on the report issued by the national resettlement committees.

President Abdi has received much embarrassment from this report and could not adequately answer questions raised in the report. Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn gave the Somali region president Abdi more time and ordered him to return with reasonable justification about how spent the budget allocated for the resettlement.

By Rasaas