Perennial floods that have been a characteristic of Siaya town whenever it rains will soon become a thing of the past, thanks to a multi-million shilling World Bank funded project that aims at improving the drainage.
Speaking during the signing of a contract between Siaya county government and the contractor who will undertake the project, the deputy governor Dr. James Okumbe said that apart from drainage, the project would also focus on construction of non-motorised facilities within Siaya municipality.
Okumbe said that once complete, pedestrians and bicycle riders would have safe passage ways hence reducing the number of accidents in the town.
He said that the Sh50 million project was part of the Sh250 million World Bank funded programme aimed at improving the face of Siaya, through the Kenya Urban Support Project.
“This is the second tranche after the first one that saw us improve the Governor’s park and Ahindi garden which were recently opened for the public,” he said.
Okumbe said the county government was committed towards improvement of infrastructure and urged the public to support it.
Addressing the occasion, Siaya county secretary Joseph Ogutu called on the contractor, M/s Mijesh Enterprises Limited, to ensure that the work was done within specification.
Ogutu said that the project was key to the county government as it would improve service delivery and beautify the town.
“The residents want value for money and I urge the contractor to ensure the work was done as per the specifications and delivered within the timeframe” he said.
by Philip Onyango