June 8, 2010 ·29 Comments
BERBERA (Somalilandpress) — A delegation of civil engineers have arrived in Somaliland’s port town of Berbera on Monday from the Arab country of Kuwait.
The delegation consisting of eight engineers arrived in Berbera airport 10am on Monday and were warmly welcomed to the country by Mr Ali Mohamed ‘Waran Adde’, the Civil Aviation Minister and Ali Omar Mohamed, Berbera Port Manager.
According to the minister the delegation will stay in the country for four days and will assess the airports of Berbera and Hargeisa. The engineers will conduct airspace review and cost estimate for initial development of new rehabilitation plans for the two airports and report back to the Kuwaiti government. Mr Ali added the Kuwaiti government will cover the cost for both airports.
The Kuwaiti engineers are expected to arrive in the capital in the hours to meet with senior government ministers as well as the President.
The two airports are in desperate need of rehabilitation works as one of them is no longer fully functioning as airliners refused to use it’s runways. The airliners say it’s no longer safe to land their planes on parts of Egal International airport in the capital. While the landscape of Berbera airport, considered to be one of the longest in Africa at 4,140m, is literally covered with abandoned plane wrecks. Now days, even the ministers use the airport in Jigjiga in nearing Ethiopia when traveling abroad.
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In August of 2009, Mr Ali announced that his Ministry signed a contract with a Chinese firm to expand and renovate the 50-year old airport in Hargeisa but the project remains a pipe dream. Now people in Somaliland question the Minister and his government’s ambitious plans and promises. Most now believe the government is lying to the public in order to be re-elected.
The Kuwaiti government has also promised to rehabilitate and renovate the main hospital in the town of Sheikh where the Kuwaiti Emir, Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Jaber Al Sabah has a private holiday estate.
The government promised to spend US$1.5 million on the Soviet Union constructed hospital and the Red Crescent of Kuwait will maintain it. The engineers are expected to travel to the town and assess planned projects for the town.
The visit by the Kuwaiti engineers to Somaliland will properly go unnoticed in the country as people are sick of the government’s lies and fake promises. The people of Somaliland continue to ask: Whatever happened to the German firm that was suppose to construct US$500 million coal-power stations, cement factory, the opal and gem factory in Berbera? Where are the Chinese investors? The EASSY cable? Whatever happened to the Berbera free zone and Corridor?
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