On Tuesday, November 5, 1957, His Imperial Majesty inaugurated at the Maichew Square Power Station in Addis Ababa a new steam generating plant. Speaking on the occasion He said:
"Electricity is one of the indispensable factors for industrial development, in the betterment of the standard of living of the people and generally for the economic progress of any nation .
Waterfalls are among the natural resources of Ethiopia, plans being now studied for several projects in the development of hydro-electric power.
It gives Us pleasure to see the new steam turbine. With well prepared electricity that would boost the city's electric supply until the proposed hydro-electric power installation is completed, and which would be used as a reserve in case of any power shortage even then.
The Board of Directors of the Electric Light and Power Authority and its administrative staff should keep constantly before their mind the necessity to provide electric power on the largest possible scale.
The effort that you have made in installing this steam turbine that We are about to inaugurate should be commended, for which We thank you sincerely."
Speeches delivered by His Imperial Majesty Haile Selassie Ist Emperor of Ethiopia on various occasions - page 34 -