The Garissa sub-county deputy commissioner Bernard Ole Kipury has cautioned youths planning to disrupt tarmacking of a road in Galbet ward, Garissa Township.
Speaking Saturday after launching the Sh300 million tarmacking of the 5.7 km road from Hyuga girls’ primary school to Soko ng’ombe junction, Ole Kipury said that the sub-county security committee that he chairs was aware of the plan and ‘would not allow the project to be interrupted’.
“My security team is fully aware of plans by goons made up of youth from the area to disrupt the project by extorting money from the contractor. As government we will not allow the project to be disrupted,” he said.
“I want to advise the youth to seek for manual jobs emanating from the project. We shall facilitate that but anything else will be met with the full force of the law,” he reiterated.
The deputy county commissioner urged residents where the road will pass to fully support the project because they are the ones to benefit from it.
“The road will open up businesses. You are the ones that will benefit. Don’t be misled by those out to sabotage the project for no apparent reason other than their selfish interests,” he said.
The administrator also asked those who have encroached on the road reserve to pull down their structures adding that ‘no one will be compensated’.
On his part, the contractor Abdirahaman Diriye said although the project period was one year, ‘they will try to deliver it in less than 12 months if there will no disruptions’.
“I want to appeal to area residents to cooperate with us. This a government project that is meant to spur development and will benefit all us in one way or another,” Diriye noted.
The road will pass through ADC primary school, Bulla Rig, Bulla Medina to join the Kismayu road at the Soko Ng’ombe junction.
By Jacob Songok