By Seleshi Tessema
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia
Turkey’s state aid agency on Friday made a donation of vital media equipment to the official Ethiopian News Agency (ENA).
Fazil Akin Erdogan, Ethiopia coordinator of the Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA), gave the donated equipment to Seifu Deribe, ENA’s deputy general manager.
After the handover, the TIKA official said the donation was part of TIKA’s unrelenting efforts to contribute to development in Ethiopia.
For his part, Seife thanked TIKA for the donation, which he said would greatly support the modern news and image production of the state news agency.
TIKA has been actively providing development and humanitarian aid. This March it chipped in with critical donations after a trash dump landslide on the outskirts of Addis Ababa killed more than 113 people and left many homeless.
The Turkish aid agency also financed the restoration of the ancient Nejashi Mosque in northern Ethiopia, and the former Ottoman Consulate in eastern Ethiopia.
In February 2016, TIKA donated 117 wheelchairs to disabled people in Assosa, the capital of the Benishangul regional state bordering Sudan, in cooperation with the local education office and the local Turkish alumni association.