Ethiopian wins African Power, Energy and Water Industry awards

APA-Addis Ababa (Ethiopia)

Ethiopia's former State Minister of Water, Irrigation and Energy, Wondimu Tekle, has won African Power, Energy and Water Industry awards of 2019.

Wondimu  won the lifetime achievement award category at the annual African  Power, Energy and Water Industry awards of 2019 that returned to Cape Town this week, honoring the leading utilities, projects and people in  the energy and water industries on the continent.

The  award recognized Wondimu’s seven years service as State Minister of  Water, Irrigation and Energy of Ethiopia and his contribution in the  construction of various infrastructure projects, including the expansion of a rural electrification programme for more than 6,000 towns and  villages in the region, it was learned.

His  colossal role in tackling water shortages by increasing the water  supply of Dire Dawa city reservoir dam from 240,000m³ to 400 000 m³ per day contributed to winning the award.

Wondimu, who spoke about the achievement and his nomination, said he was “grateful for being chosen”.

According  to the former minister, he was fortunate to have been involved in many  interesting projects in his career, in both water and energy:  “especially the 6,000MW hydropower Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam  (GERD), which is being built on the Blue Nile.

This  project has already reached almost 60 percent so this will help  Ethiopia as well as the neighboring countries through integration, he  said.

Amongst  his many achievements, the former state minister upgraded eight cities’  electric distribution systems including that of Addis Ababa.

ESI  Africa included Wondimu in their 60 most influential figures in the  power sector from East and West Africa. Now as a PhD candidate for  Economics at the Peking University in China, he has been conducting  research since 2017 around achieving Ethiopia’s economic growth and  development.


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