"GERD is valuable heritage to be passed on to coming generation"

(EBC; April 2, 2017) - The Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) being built by the nations, nationalities and peoples of Ethiopia en masse is a valuable heritage to be passed on from the current to the coming generation of Ethiopians, President Dr. Mulatu Teshome has said.

The President made the remark on Sunday during the sixth anniversary celebration of the official launch of construction of GERD at the project site in Guba town of the Benishangul-Gumuz regional state.

"GERD is an enduring legacy to be proud of by us like the victory of Adwa was to our forefathers," Dr. Mulatu said.

The dam being built with the active involvement of the public sets a good example for other countries on development options, he said.

It would also help Ethiopia become the hydropower hub for the eastern Africa, he added.

The President on the occasion expressed appreciation to people partaking in the execution of the grand dam project.

Chairperson of the National Council for the Coordination of Public Participation on the Construction of GERD, Deputy Prime Minister Demeke Mekonnen for his part pointed out that Ethiopians from all walks of life have intensified their support to the grand national project.

Reporter: Abdulaziz Yusuf