By Staff Reporter
October 10, 2019 (Ezega.com) -- Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed along with East African leaders inaugurated what is called “Unity Park” built on the premises the Grand National Palace.
The park displays the 132-year history of Ethiopia and by extension Africa. The park features the good and bad deeds that have been done by seven rulers of Ethiopia since the emperor Minilik II.
Launched late last year as part of the government’s ongoing reforms, the construction of ‘Unity Park’ is said to have consumed 4 billion Ethiopian Birr.
The Unity Park, which is the brain child Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, manifests the idea of MEDEMER (synergy) in a bid to joining hands of all nations, nationalities and peoples of Ethiopia for a common goal and inclusive development.
“Unity Park symbolizes our ability to come together for a common goal and cross the finish line by creating exquisite lasting prints of our collective worth,” said the office of the Prime Minister.
Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok of Sudan, President Salva Kiir of South Sudan, President Mohammed Abdulahi Mohammed of Somalia, President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya, and President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda took part in the inaugural ceremony.
All but historical buildings have been renovated and about 6000 trucks of soil were reportedly used to label the new park which has 600m long meter walking lane where visitors can oversee the city of Addis Ababa.
With the Unity Park, the government wants to hand over the legacy of Ethiopia to the next generation and make money from local and international tourists.
The park hosts pavilions representing the nine regional states of Ethiopia and demonstrations Ethiopian wild lives, indigenous plants and various squares among others.
Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has recognized those institutions and individuals involved in the renovation of the palace. The renovation is part of the beautifying Sheger Project being implemented from the national palace all the way to Bole international Airport.
The premier also announced his government’s plan to launch another national campaign of planting five billion tree seedling next year and establishing Intoto Park at the outskirt of the capital, Addis Ababa.
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