By SisaySahlu

ADDIS ABEBA – Over 240,000 permanent jobs have been created in Ethiopia since October, official said while defending government job creation effort under 100-days working plan.

The plan begun in the first week of October 2018 and will stretch up to the last week of January 2019.

Urban Development and Construction Ministry has a plan to generate over 411,000 jobs during the lifespan of 100-day plan.

“We believe that we are on the right track to achieve our target,” said ZenebeKumo, director of Federal Urban Job Creation agency, under the ministry.

Most of the jobs, created so far, are in five development-centered sectors such as small scale manufacturing, construction, urban agriculture, service delivery and trade.

Many fresh graduates have benefited from this effort, said Zenebe, adding over 70 percent of the beneficiaries are youths.

Despite this, the agency is facing finance and lack of proper coordination among various stakeholders are still challenge in the job creation program.

The ministry has planned to generate over 1.8 million, both permanent and short-term, in the current 2018/19 fiscal year.