Housing officials from both the National and the Turkana County government have concluded a joint mapping of Nakwei in Lodwar, Kakuma and Lokichoggio UN area, localities earmarked for building 100,000 units, under the Affordable Housing Program (AHP).
The three locations have set aside 20 hectares of land for the construction of housing units, university hostels, and social amenities.
The mapping activity included land survey works through aerial photography and coordinate-taking as part of the data collection to inform the eventual site layout.
Additionally, the team assessed the compliance status in respect to the approved development plans, land ownership title deeds, survey maps and land use master plans, all of which are legal requirements before approval of the project.
The exercise is the last step before the launch of the project through a ground-breaking ceremony in which top County and National Government officials are expected to attend.
The affordable housing project is a National Government initiative aimed at addressing the huge deficit of housing units faced by Kenyans due to the prohibitive costs associated with house ownership.
The exercise was led by a Senior Director of Housing Richard Tutah, Arch. Nelson Oyalo from the State Department for Housing and Joseph Oduhullah, Housing officer, Turkana County.
Other members of the county team included Jonathan Ekai (Director Administration), Exodus Amodoi (Housing Officer), and Bernard Elipan (Surveyor).
By Peter Gitonga