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Walya Bus Given 22 Days to Vacate Future Oromia Pres. Office Site

 

 

The construction of the presidential office of the Oromia Regional State and six other buildings that was awarded to Afro Tsion Construction Company in July 2010, for 274.8 million Br, in Kebele 01, Nefas Silk Lafto District, is to start on October 11, 2010, after having been delayed.

A steering committee composed of the Oromia Urban Works Bureau, the district, and Walya Cross-country Bus Plc, which previously owned the 2,000sqm of land set aside for the construction and still has property on it, has set October 10, 2010, as the deadline for Walya to remove its properties.

Walya floated a tender for the sale of old buses, trucks, and metal bars that it has on the property, which will be closed on September 25, 2010. The winner has to remove the property within three days, according to the bid document.

“The land will be handed over to Afro Tsion by October 10, and it will start construction by October 11, whether Walya removes its property or not,” Gifawosen Desisa, head of the Infrastructure Design and Construction Implementation Process of the Oromia Urban Works Bureau, told Fortune.

In addition, three million Birr should be paid to Walya as compensation for the plot, the Nefas Silk Lafto District had recommended to the Addis Abeba City Administration. The recommendation is currently under consideration.

Afro Tsion Construction is currently making the necessary preparations for the work.

“We have started setting up the human resources and will start buying construction materials and bringing in machinery once we receive the land,” Tulu Gemechu, office engineer of the site, told Fortune. 

The design of the project, which was done by Ultimate Consulting Engineers and Architects for free, includes a presidential office building, a counselling office building, an assembly hall, and four medium and small conference halls. The projected cost of the assembly hall, 101 million Br, requires the lion’s share of the total project cost of 274.8 million Br, while the council office takes the second highest at 56.2 million Br.

Ultimate and Afro Tsion are not new to the construction projects of the Oromia Urban Works Bureau with the former also having designed four buildings of the Oromia Regional Government Sectoral Office and the latter constructing them for 85 million Br.

Six construction companies including Rama Construction, DMC Construction, Teklebirhan Ambaye Construction, and Zamra Construction had initially put in bids for the construction of the seven buildings.

 

 

By ADERAJEW ASFAW
FORTUNE STAFF WRITER

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