(EP) Ethiopia’s former Emperor Haile Selassie first had the idea of building a dam on the Blue Nile in 1964, but a Marxist coup meant the plan was put on hold.
It wasn’t until 2011 that then Prime Minister Meles Zenawi planned to introduce Haile Selassie’s idea of building a dam as part of the country’s ambitious plan to leap from extreme poverty to middle-income status by 2025.
The Ethiopian government has begun constructing Africa’s biggest hydroelectric dam, a kilometer and half-long that will be able to generate 6,000 megawatts of electricity, more than tripling the country’s output.
An adjacent dam, nearly five kilometers long, will help create a reservoir big enough to contain the Blue Nile’s entire annual flow.
However, the former regime under the era of TPLF could not finish the work due to corruption and mismanagement. The work was supposed to be completed in 2017 and progress the economy where 4 of 5 residents have no electricity.
The new younger, ambitious Prime Minister has taken over the mammoth task after the previous government overrun the budget and time frame of the project.
The young Nobel Peace Prize winner of 2019 Ethiopian Prime Minister started by putting the former head of METEC, a secret cash caw military-industrial conglomerate for the top TPLF officials, on trial after arresting him on corruption charges in 2019, along with dozens of employees.
Reports indicate that the work is progressing well under the new administration despite TPLF’s collaboration with foreign countries to sabotage the Ethiopians as well as Haile Selassie’s ambitious dream.