Sights & Landmarks
Discover the old palace of Kumsa Moroda, former governor of Wallaga and the impressive Wallaga museum, old churches and mosques. The fascinating paintings in the Church of Mariam display the artistic character of Nekemte. Follow a small road north of Nekemte to Tsige Mariam to reach the famous Blue Nile. Finally, visit the fully covered Komto Mountain and the Sorga lake and take a break at one of the modern hotels and the Mati modern resort.
Since the urban reform of 2004/5, Nekemte has undertaken big projects, such as the construction of 5.6km of asphalt roads. The city is also building Ethiopia’s first modern FIFA standard football stadium with the support of the community. Furthermore, a referral hospital for the western part of the country is being built by Federal Ministry of Health, regional Health Bureau and the city. The city is emphasising SME creation and its recent Master Plan is being implemented with its LIS soon to follow. Water, electricity and telecommunications are being sufficient and an additional dam is also under construction to ease water shortages. The city has two government and three private banks with insurance companies.
Wollega University is a new university with almost 7,000 students and an eventual capacity of 12,000 students over the next two years.
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The city has more than 20 university, private and government colleges and TVET centres, among them Nekemte TVET College, Nekemte Health Science College and Nekemte TVET Institute.
Wallaga as a whole is very popular for its rich farmland, coffee and forests. These resources have served as a basis for socio-economic development throughout the region. Around Nekemte, large commercial farms are under cultivation. Current investment opportunities include hotels, commercial buildings, resorts, educational centres, health clinics and hospitals, timber and coffee-related businesses, agriculture-related warehouses and the like. The centre of the road network for southwestern Ethiopia is an example for modernity and innovation in this constantly growing city.