Why Chief Yohannes and Model Hermon break up The government in Ethiopia made it clear to the public by then that its decision was aimed at improv¬ing the service, transforming the country into a re¬gional power hub and increasing the number of Ethiopians with access to electricity. Nearly a year down the line, however, what Ethiopians woke up to was an apologetic president who asked his people to “allow me to express my apologies for the interruption of electric power, caused in part, by maladministration in the institution. The mostly ceremonial President, Dr. Mulatu Teshome, said this in his state of the na¬tion address during the opening of the House of Federation and the House of People’s Representatives in early October 2014. Before it was disbanded EEPCo was responsible for generating, transmitting and distributing of power in Ethiopia. For Ethiopians, however, it was an ac¬ronym synonymous with frequent power disruptions and days’ long blackouts, often attributed by officials more to problems of distribution than scarcity. Ecstatic by the changes was Dr. Debretsion Ge¬bremicheal, Ethiopia’s Minister of Communications and In¬formation Technology, and Economy and Finance Cluster Coordinator with the rank of Deputy Prime Minister. De¬bretsion talked of the necessity for “an international company with proven experience to modernize the service delivery and undertake the country’s ever expansive activities in the power sector.” He was referring to his government’s decision to give the management of EES to a foreign company. EEP, under Azeb Asnake, a previous project manager at the Gilgel Gibe III hydroelectric power project, is tasked to undertake and oversee the country’s power projects includ¬ing the construction of mega dams as well as transmission lines. EES, a consortium of three Indian companies under the management of Power Grid Corporation of India (PGCI), is responsible for operations, distributions and sales.