ADDIS ABABA, The Ethiopian government is committed to realising the establishment of the Adwa Pan African University, says Prime Minister Hailemariam Dessalgen.
Speaking at the opening of a conference on the proposed university here Monday, he added that the government would continue supporting such kinds of projects which create national consensus.
He stressed that co-ordinated efforts should be made for the completion of Adwa Pan African University within a short period. The government has made an initial contribution of two million birr (about 73,000 US dollars) towards its establishment, it was learned.
According to Hailemariam, the establishment of a university in commemoration of the victory at the Battle of Adwa was not enough as the values of the victory achieved by the Ethiopian forces over Italy should be preserved. The victory secured Ethiopia's sovereignty.
"We should work hard to protect and maintain the mountain ranges of Adwa and the roads leading to the battlefield so that tourists can pay visits to the area," he added.
The Adwa Pan African University Steering Committee Chairperson, Bitew Belay, said construction of the university would begin this Ethiopian fiscal year. He urged all concerned bodies to contribute to the construction of the university with a sense of ownership.
Bitew also called on all Africans to participate in this lofty project. Scholars, religious leaders and key stakeholders are participating in the conference.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK