By Nancy Juma
Members of the NDITC who are in the County to inspect ongoing National Government projects today paid a courtesy call on the Governor HE. Prof. Peter Anyang’ Nyong’o at his City Hall Office.
NDITC is a committee comprising of various principal secretaries with a responsibility to holistically respond to national government projects implementation.
The team leader Mr. Jerome Ochieng’, PS for ICT and Innovation informed the Governor that they are in the region to inspect the state of the following ongoing projects;
a) The rehabilitation of Kisumu port
b) The new passenger Kenya Railways terminal
c) The Lake Basin Mall
d) Mamboleo Interchange
e) Mamboleo junction to Muhoroni road
f) Ahero interchange
g) Ketraco’s Olkana- Lessos- Kisumu High Voltage power transmission line
h) Koru-Soin Multipurpose Dam
i) Ahero Irrigation Scheme
j) Uhuru Business Park and
k) Jomo Kenyatta International Stadium
He said that they expect the Olkaria transmission line to be completed in two months and this will address the perennial power outages being experienced in Kisumu currently.
The Governor on his part expressed his satisfaction and confidence at the pace of implementation of the various projects including the dredging of the Lake which is expected to finally remove the stones left during the opening of the Mbita Causeway.
He said that he was looking forward to the expected launch of some of the projects planned for April this year.
The Governor further pointed out the need to fast track other planned projects such as the Special Economic Zone, Sunset Hotel – which is to be realized through a PPP arrangement in collaboration with the Ministry of Tourism and the privatization of the sugar industry.
While briefing the team, the Chairperson of the County Development Implementation Committee who is also the County Commissioner Madam Josephine Ouko confirmed that the government is currently implementing 78 projects worth 228 billion shillings in the region.
The other members of the NDITC in the mission were PS Solomon Kitungu of Infrastructure, Joe Okudo of Sports, Ali Noor of Cooperative Development and Alfred Cheruiyot of Skills Development.
The team was also accompanied by a team from the Presidential Delivery Unit and heads of the County Security Team.
The Governor was joined by his deputy Dr. Matthews Owilli.