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Japan –Kenya to partner in Road maintenance

Japan will partner with the Kenyan government to ensure rural roads are improved to modern standards.


Speaking during the second Graduation ceremony for the Award of 2000 Routine Maintenance and DO-NOU Technology contractors, Ms. Yui Tajashima said Japanese government was committed to ensuring Rural-Urban roads are improved.


Representing the Japanese Ambassador during the event held in Kisii town, Takashima noted it was time to raise capacity of contractors to ensure local infrastructure was greatly improved.


She said the graduates had acquired sufficient knowledge from Kenya Institute of Highway and Building Technology (KIHBT).


Kisii county Governor James Ongwae said the county had set aside Sh700 million for infrastructure in the area.


Ongwae promised to incorporate modern technology of DO-NOU in improving dilapidated roads in Kisii.


Similar sentiments were echoed by Chief Engineer Roads, Eng. James Kungu who represented PS Ministry of Transport, Infrastructure, Housing and Urban Department state department of Infrastructure adding that the emphasis is to graduates to be able to create employment in the country.


Kungu said that the government had now rolled out a programme of alternative technologies of doing manufacturing and road construction which is aimed at opening avenues for young contractors.


Over 160 contractors graduated last Friday


By Chrisphine Otieno and Jane Naitore

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