Gov’t Reaffirms Commitment to Continue Supporting Drought-affected People

Addis Ababa: The Government of Ethiopia will continue supporting drought affected areas and saving the lives of citizens at any cost, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said. Responding to questions by members of the House of People's Representative today, the PM stated that drought has occurred in some parts of Tigray, Amhara, and Oromia, which is not a new trend for Ethiopia. Using the drought as a political tool is not, however, appropriate since it is not the government that brought drought, he noted. Calling for more cooperation to save lives in drought affected areas, the premier recalled that last year's collaboration to support drought affected people living in Borena was exemplary. For the premier, cooperation is crucial to avoid any death due to drought, but using the drought as a political tool is damaging. During the past four months, for example, about 500,000 quintals of grain has been delivered to Tigray region, primarily by the government and some partners, the PM said. The Interim Administration of Tigray has to deliver the limited resources to the ones who needier, the PM added. The government will continue to support the people with all its capability, the premier said, stressing that "we will do our best to help our people to pass such a difficult time." Dismissing the baseless accusation against his government for giving less attention to the matter, he revealed that the government allotted 15 billion Birr for drought victims. Of this, partners contributed only about 4 billion Birr. According to him, the government is primarily prioritizing saving lives and will continue to support people that have been affected by the drought. The premier further noted that there has been no death due to drought so far. PM Abiy also reaffirmed the commitment of his government to continue supporting drought affected areas and save the lives of citizens by giving special priority at any cost. He emphasized the significance of increasing production and productivity to cope with the recurrent drought. Accord ingly, the nation has cultivated 300,000 million hectares of land during the past Ethiopian harvest season and 120,000 million quintals of wheat is expected. Source: Ethiopian News Agency