State undertaking projects to achieve MDGs in poverty reduction

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Adama, December 27, 2011 (Adama) - Various development projects are being carried out in Oromia State at a cost of nearly five million Birr to achieve poverty reduction targets of the MDGs, the state finance and economic development bureau said.

Speaking on Tuesday at the opening of a forum organized in Adama Town of the state to evaluate performance for the last five months in the State, Bureau Head, Siraj Kedir said some 70 percent of the total budget of the state has been allocated for construction of rural roads while the balance for social service development.

Preparation is underway to construct primary, secondary and preparatory schools, health institutions and construct safe water facilities, among others, the head said.

Siraj urged government executives at all levels to work jointly with stakeholders toward success of the projects.

Officials drawn from roads authority, education, health, and finance and economic development institutions as well as stakeholders are in attendance at the two-day forum.