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Ethiopia: Afan Oromo to serve as working language in Addis-Official

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Ethiopia’s council of ministers on Tuesday announced that Afan Oromo language will serve as a working language in Addis Ababa along with the national Amharic language.According to the Council’s draft legislation, Addis Ababa and Finfine equally serve as names of the capital city after its decision gets approval by the national parliament.

The council in a statement said the decision came after it discussed the draft legislation prepared on the constitutional special interests of the Oromia regional state on Addis Ababa, which was referred to the House of People Representatives (Parliament) for approval.

The government’s decision came after 18 months it had scraped plans to expand Addis Ababa into surrounding farms following widespread opposition from the public.

It is recalled that about 140 people were killed as students from Oromia region marched against the so called ” “integrated master plan” to allow Addis Ababa subsume nearby farmlands

The draft legislation considered Oromia’s special interest on Addis Ababa in terms of service delivery, conservation and use of natural resources as well as on common administrative issues since Addis Ababa is located at the center of the regional state.

The legislation also included the benefit from land and water supply, dry waste disposal and transport services, condominium houses, business centers and sufficient compensation and rehabilitation services during relocation of farmers from their land for development activities.

According to the legislation, institutions which want to erect buildings for government activities and public services will get land on lease free. Addis Ababa city administration will set up market places for farmers domiciling around the city.

It said an office will be established to coordinate efforts for the rehabilitation of farmers when they are relocated from their land for development purposes as well as to make sure that the compensations paid for them are sufficient.

Regarding service delivery, the draft legislation states that Addis Ababa city administration will facilitate conditions for the construction of primary schools for natives of the regional state who want to teach their children in their native language.

Several people from different walks of life are expected to take part in the approval process of the draft legislation which created confusion among the general public.

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