The Federal Prisons Administration Commission is in the final stage to complete the construction of a new prison complex with an estimated project cost of 900 million Birr from the government coffers.
Located at Aba Samuel River, Aqaqi Qality District, the new jail is planned to replace the current Qilinto Prison that is more than a decade old. It can house 6,000 inmates.
The new complex has better facilities than the previous one, according to source close to the case.
Lying on 5,000 square meter of land, the construction of the complex began in June 2014, after awarding the project to 13 local contractors.
The then Ministry of Urban Development & Housing (MoUDH) selected the contractors depending on their previous track record in different construction projects.
The Ministry awarded the companied based on a fixed rate system, which focused on market prices, according to the same source.
The construction Design Enterprise created design of the prison and conducted the preliminary and feasibility study of the project.
The prison site has five blocks of two-story buildings, with the capacity of accommodating 1,200 prisoners each.Read more