By Staff reporter
ADDIS ABABA – The Addis Ababa City Administration has made official last week about the procurement of 200 brand new city buses at a cost of birr 3.8 billion. This means a single bus was purchased for birr 19 million or USD 350,000.
The issue has now become the talk of the town. People across the city are voicing complaints about the exaggerated amount of money scooped out wantonly from the coffers of this poor nation…
Mayor of the City, Adanech Abebie, said that to alleviate the ever-pressing transport problem that has been aggravated by the socio-economic hazards and the skyrocketing number of population, the administration executed the purchase order. “The Administration is working round the clock by giving emphasis to the improvement of public transport services and expansion of roads and traffic systems,” Adanech said.
The Mayor said that her administration has deployed five months back 110 buses under Lion’s brand. ‘’To date we have kept our words and emplaced more buses for services on city roads. I extend my heartfelt gratitude to Brighten Trading Company for its big support to realize this initiative,” she said.
However, prominent activists known in the social media platform are voicing grievances on the issue. Elias Meseret said on his Facebook page that he had contacted two Chinese companies regarding the cost for a new modern bus. The price quotes he received from two different companies reportedly show that a single bus could cost from 111,320 up to 130,000 USD. This is well below the half cost of the single bus purchased by the City Administration.
Sulieman Abdela wrote, quoting a source that a modern touring helicopter could cost about 20 million. This is the same price as that of a single bus recently purchased by the City Administration.
Another Face booker, Wasihun Tesfaye, said that the cost of the single bus the City Administration claimed to spend could buy three new buses.
Meanwhile, The Weekly Addis Standard wrote in its June 03/2021 issue that the first Lady, Zinash Tayachew built a primary School (with enrollment capacity of 1,800 kids) in Hawi Gudina Woreda, West Harerghe Zone of Oromia Regional State at a cost of birr 13.8 million.
Fana Broadcasting Corporation also reported on January 11/2021 that the office of the first Lady, Zinash Tayachew, built a secondary school at cost of 20 million birr in East Shewa Zone of Oromia Regional State.
How many schools could have we built had we used 3.8 billion birr properly?
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