The Ethiopian ambassador to Nigeria, Solomon Abebe Tessema has said that Ethiopia is prioritising women empowerment because they are crucial component of every sustainable development drive.
Tessema maintained that, genuine development will remain a mirage, except women, who constitute 50 percent of the population are empowered to play the role expected of them.
He gave this view in an exclusive interview with LEADERSHIP, in Abuja.
According to Tessema, “Ethiopia knew this very much that, no real development can take place, if women, that constitutes 50 percent of our population are sidelined in our development drive.
“Come to think of it, women are less corrupt, more caring and are nation builders. Men and women have the same abilities, if level playing ground is created for them.
“The Ahmed Abiy led government in Ethiopia just recently reconstituted a cabinet that is made up of 50 percent women.
“Ethiopian House of the Peoples’ Representatives also recently appointed a diplomat, Sahle-Work Zewde as the country’s president in a swift move, aimed at Gender parity. “
Speaking on the relations between Ethiopia and Nigeria, Tessema said, the two countries are Pan African in their approach, insisting that Nigeria and Ethiopia shares many things in common.
He explained that the relationship between the two countries is cordial, citing the example of the heavy Dangote’s investment in Ethiopia’s cement industry,which has created huge job opportunities for Ethiopians.
He equally, clarified that the Ethiopian airline flies into five states of Nigeria on daily basis.
“To demonstrate to you that our economic relations is bubbling, Ethiopian airline flies into Abuja, Lagos, Enugu, Kaduna and Kano on daily basis. These movements would have been impossible, if our economic relations are not cordial.
“Similarly, Ethiopian former Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn visited Nigeria in 2014, when Memorandum of Understanding, MoU, were signed by a joint ministerial committee.
The two countries are working very hard to breathe life into those agreements.”
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