Urban news roundup: February 20, 2015

Addis Ababa to get second airport

A major infrastructure project in Ethiopia designed to expand the capacity for handling passengers passing through the capital’s airport is on course for completion in 2018, but moves are already under way to build an additional airport. Airport project manager Hailu Gebremariam said Ethiopia is already studying potential sites for a new international airport that would be able to serve up to 70 million passengers a year. – Out-Law.com

Mbanza Congo conducts on-the-ground assessment of water system construction

This past Thursday a team of presidential staff engineers presented the project plan for construction of a new drinking water system to competing contractors in Mbanza Congo, capital of Zaire Province. Deadline for bids is March 25th, with construction scheduled to last for about two years. – ANGOP

Nakuru school may be flattened to build road

Uhuru High School in Nakuru might be demolished to pave way for the construction of the Njoro-Soilo interchange on the Nakuru-Eldoret highway. However, Principal Amos Gamba said the Kenya National Highway Authority (KeNHA) has not yet informed the school about the impending demolition. – Daily Nation

 Monrovia: schools in Liberia see poor turnout upon reopening

After several discussions on the reopening of schools, most secondary schools across the country officially reopened yesterday, but with a very poor attendance of students on various campuses. – allAfrica.com

 Accra: employers threaten to cut jobs due to persistent power outages

Ghana’s persistent energy crisis might force thousands of workers out of employment, it has emerged. This follows revelations that top companies in the country comprising the giant soft drink manufacturer Coca-Cola, Cadbury Ghana, Fan milk and Mantrac were in the process of shedding off jobs owing to the power failures. – cajNews

Bujumbura journalist’s release sparks celebrations in streets of capital

Thousands of people have marched through Burundi’s capital to celebrate the release from jail of popular journalist and government critic Bob Rugurika, months ahead of key elections. Rugurika was arrested on 21 January after broadcasting the purported confession of a man who claimed he was one of the killers of three nuns. – The Guardian

Dar es Salaam to train drivers on handling chemicals

Chief Government Chemist Prof. Samwel Manyele urged companies that transport chemicals to send their drivers for special training on chemical handling, to reduce accidents especially during loading and unloading. He made this announcement yesterday prior to opening a two-day training session for truck drivers. – DailyNews

Lusaka introduces POS revenue collection

The Lusaka City Council will soon roll out point of sale (POS) services at markets and bus stations to improve revenue collection. LCC public relations officer Brenda Katongola said the initiative will help in enhancing the council’s revenue collection, enabling the public to make payments more easily, compared to the current traditional municipality offices. – Zambia Daily Mail

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