During the past three months of power shedding by the Ethiopian Electric Power corporation, more than half of the factories in Akaki and other industrial areas near Addis have shut down.
The executive director of the Addis Municipal Trade and Security office told VOA’s Eskinder Firew that more than 50 percent of the factories in the region stopped operations, let their employees go and closed their doors.
EEPCo began the power shedding three months ago. Many of the factories quit operations two and a half months ago. One cement company resumed operations recently with special government permission, but government officials have extended the rotation of power outages through the end of August.