Electricity coverage in Ethiopia is 24 percent, as we write this now. Of this, 85 percent is in urban areas and 10 percent rural, according to a 2015 data by the International Energy Agency (IEA)
The irony is that the urban-rural divide travesty the TPLF has been condemning past regimes have now become its own crimes. In Ethiopia, today there is some electricity, i.e., 24 percent coverage rate – which works if and only when it works!
At least, in the past while coverage was small just as at present, at least, educated people ran it, who were recruited for their competence, not their ethnicity! Therefore, today’s ethnicity experts have bred in Ethiopia corruption, not modern living, culture and civilization!
Instead of light reaching our people, we hear from many corners in the country about generators exploding, killing people and burning the little poor people have. The second-hand generators they buy, among others, from India, bring in money to the managers and purchasers as kickback. Do you remember about the corruption in EEPCO, which got a good number of employees nabbed? Today, the TPLF protects its own, while its members are the most corrupt!
That is why TPLF’s lies and hullabaloo, just a hell and boring, when it engages in its propaganda about Ethiopia’s double-digit growths and development. We have been saying, not investors are right, who now love Africa as their profits source. Everything they say cannot go beyond TPLF self-congratulations about their own lives in comfort and the wealths of the nation they have appropriated for personal uses.
It thus is the case now that as the TPLF people, yesterday’s revolutionaries, have now become today’s treasury robbers. They lead first world life styles in the most under-developed country in the world, i.e., at the expense of Ethiopians that just turned 100 million, among other things, peddling electricity to foreign nations!
Moreover, who should know better about Ethiopia’s insignificant power generation capacity for domestic uses than Bill Gates, a close ally and defender of the regime? Last February, he explained what this TPLF-induced adversity and travesty mean in practical ways, when he tweeted the following:
— Bill Gates (@BillGates) February 27, 2016
Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
by Venture Africa
Ethiopia is slowly but surely establishing itself as a major power hub in Africa through its electricity exports. The Ethiopian Electric Service has said that the country made about $123 million (2.6 billion birr) between 2015 and 2016 budget year from the sale of electricity both locally and abroad. During a parliamentary session recently, the water, irrigation and electricity minister, Motuma Mekassa said “the Ethiopian Electric Service in general has collected a total of 2.6 billion birr in eight months, achieving 82 per cent of its target.”
Ethiopia which is a gold and coffee rich country, is reliant on emergency aid as a result of severe drought (just like Malawi and Zimbabwe) which has led to the malnutrition of about 430,000 children, not to mention women. However, since 2014, the country has turned its focus towards the sale of excess electricity to countries like Djibouti, Kenya and Sudan, while establishing grid links to South Sudan, Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania and Yemen.
Even though Ethiopia has been rife with political and social challenges, the country seems to have a grip on the power sector. Electricity exports account for over 7 percent of economic growth even as the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam is scheduled to be completed in 2017. With its 6,000 megawatts capacity, it will be Africa’s largest hydroelectric project.
According to Today.ng, Ethiopia earned close to $33 million from electric power sales to Djibouti in nine months of the 2013/2014 budget year, that is from July 8, 2013 to March 7, 2014. Last year, Ethiopia reportedly planned that by 2018, as a part of a cross-border effort to meet regional energy demand and limit increases in climate-changing emissions, it would export renewable energy to more neighboring countries, a major step in protecting the environment from bio-hazards.
Ethiopia’s prime minister, Hailemariam Desalegn has indicated however, that even though the country’s contributions to climate change may be small, it goes a long way to show that they are committed and will even motivate other countries to follow suit.
The government is aiming to develop a middle-income country by 2025. “Electricity is a major player and the driver of socio-economic development,”said the CEO, Ethiopian Electric Utility (EEU), Gosaye Mengistie Abayneh at the time.
How painful it would be for Genet Mersha today in seeing the above, when she stood against environmentalists, such as International Rivers, in her article of April 6, 2009 urging: Let there be light