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Laikipia Water project expected to put 375 acres under irrigation

The  Multi-million Nyamuguna Water Project in Laikipia Central Sub-county upon completion is set to put 375 acres of land under irrigation.

The project is being implemented by National Irrigation Board (NIB) at a cost of Sh. 182,555,521.

Joseph  Muchina, an officer  with NIB who is foreseeing the implementation of the project, said that works commenced on August 30th, 2019 and are expected to be completed by January 2021.

Muchina  who  was speaking on Monday, during the Laikipia County Development Implementation Coordination Committee (CDICC) meeting, said the project is expected to benefit 100 farmers in Waithare area in Ngobit Ward.

“Already 100 water pans in 100 farms within Waithare area have been constructed ,’’ Muchina told the meeting held at Laikipia East Technical Training Institute (TTI), Marina  chaired by County Commissioner (CC), Daniel Nyameti.

He said the trenching and laying of pipes on the 17 kilometers project has commenced and as of last week, pipes had been laid on 4.5 kilometres trench.

Muchina added that the Yellow House Limited contractor, has been paid Sh. 19 million for the work done in the three months of the total contractual period.

The  Laikipia County Presidential Delivery Unit Director, Tutah Richard, said the government is very keen on the funds channeled in the counties for development projects, adding that contractors should carry their works as indicated in the agreement.

He pointed out that it has been noted that some of the contractors are letting the government down by not delivering within stipulated time and for doing shoddy work.

The Director said contractors who are not serious with their work will be blacklisted and never be given a chance to carry out any government development project.

By  Margaret Kirera

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