June 15, 2012 ·29 Comments
HARGEISA — Paving work officially started on Thursday on a $4.5 million road that will connect Hargeisa to the town of Salahlay, some 57-km northwest of the capital.
The gravel road was first constructed by invading Italian forces of dictator Benito Mussolini in 1940 during their short conquest of Somaliland. It connects Hargeisa to Somalia’s central town of Beledweyne and Ethiopia’s regional administrative capital of Jigjiga.
This upgrade which is estimated to cost about $4.5 million will include an asphalt overlay and expansion works and other repairs.
Sheikh Mohamed Ali Gedi, the deputy director of the road commission board, said they received $1.4 million worth of equipment and tools that was donated by local millionaire Omar Aideed Ahmed. The committee said the equipment includes twelve 21tone – 30tone dump trucks, bulldozers and other machinery.
Mr. Ahmed is a resident of Hargeisa who made his wealth in the neighbouring Djibouti and is also the prime contractor rehabilitating Hargeisa’s national theatre. The theatre was constructed by the British in early 1930s but it was bombed in 1988 by Somalia’s last central government.
The deputy director of the board said members of the Eidagale Women umbrella also turned in a total of $82,000.
Mrs Fadumo Shaeb said the women from the Eidagale Women umbrella collected the money from local people as well as those living abroad. While speaking on behave of the women she stated that their umbrella was committed to the development of Somaliland.
Faisal Ali Warabe, Chairman of opposition UCID party, said the road will serve to further enhance the economic and trade activities between different Somaliland communities.
Engineer Hussein Jeir, mayor of Hargeisa, declared his readiness to contribute to the project and called on the Salahlay township people living in the Diaspora to join in the effort.
The major presented a check worth $20,000 to the board.
Finally Sheikh Gedi thanked everyone for their generous contributions in regards to resources, moral support and capacity building.
He said the project will be divided into three phases and work for the first 13-km has already began.
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