On May 26, 1959, completing his official visit
to the Provinces of Gojjam and Begemder-
Semien, His Imperial Majesty Haile Selassie I
made in Gondar the following speech:
"We have granted to the people. of Begemder and
Semien tax amnesty for the years 1948 to 1957 because
We realize that they were unable to pay their taxes
because of hardhips and difficulties and in full recognition
of their faithful services."
"During Our present visit to the Governorate General
of Begemder-Semien and also to that of Gojjam, We have
been pleased to see some educational and health organisations
functioning fully in some places. We realize,
however, that there is a great gap between the needs of
the people and what has been already accomplished.
Our chief aims are the development of the work at
hand and the accomplishment of the planned projects.
By the will of the Almighty, We are applying much
energy and effort in the fulfilment of two of them in
which We have the greatest hope, - the education and
health of Our people. This is among the main purposes
of Our present visit."
"We have stated before that We are deeply indebted
to the people of Begemder-Semien and Gojjam for their
heroic struggle for their country and Emperor during the
enemy occupation. Thus, We have assented that any
buildings that have already been constructed or will
be later erected for the purposes of education and health
in these two, Governorates-General are to be named after
those famous patriots who have given their lives for the
honour of their country's freedom and the glory of their
Emperor. To this effect We have ordered Our two
Deputy governors-general to establish committees for
this purpose and to deal with the ministries concerned.
We pray that the Almighty would give His aid to the
students and all those who will serve in these schools and
hospitals in order that they may follow the examples set
by the patriots in love for their country and Emperor,
and that they will strive hard with good spirit and
honesty for the glory of Ethiopia."
"During Our visit of the Governorates-General of
Begemder-Semien and Gojjam We have seen some
naturally irrigated lands, suited for the growth of various
crops in different provinces and districts. For the
welfare and prosperity of Our people, We have ordered
the officials of the districts and sub-districts to distribute
freely, and according to your capabilities, these lands
for the cultivation of special crops. Upon granting these
lands to those who would profit by them We place ,a
penalty on those who through neglect do not take the
necessary care in the cultivation and care of the land
and reward those who fulfil Our order."
Speeches delivered by His Imperial Majesty Haile Selassie Ist Emperor of Ethiopia on various occasions - page 131 -