EPZA TOP OFFICIALS VISIT RIWA, KARACHUONYO SUB COUNTY.Collins Ogutu
TOP officials from the Export Processing Zone Authority (EPZA) and Homa Bay yesterday toured land set aside by the County Government towards numerous Investment activities.
The CEC for Lands, Physical Planning and Housing Mrs. Roseline Odhiambo led the high-powered delegation during a visit of Riwa in Karachuonyo Sub County where 110 acres of land set aside for investment was demarcated.
Briefing the Media, Mrs. Odhiambo disclosed that the land was donated by the public to the County Government and was given to EPZA five years ago after signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).
“As a government, we wish to thank those residents for donating the land and wish to assure them of immense economic benefits once the investors kick start various activities,’ she said.
EPZA Director Mrs. Atieno Otieno revealed that out of the 110 acres allocated to them, 10 acres will be used for solid waste management since we envisage that many big companies will be among many investors in the area.
“Once we are done with fencing, all roads leading to the site will be improved, electricity connected and affordable clean water supplied before the investors move in” she added.
Mrs. Otieno added that they will develop incubation centers where small scale businessmen will be trained on the technical know-how of their produce to the point that they grow to become exporters.
She further thanked the County Government of Homa Bay for offering EPZA an opportunity to invest within its jurisdiction and promised to move with speed to bring in the investors.
On his part, the Chairman of EPZA Board Finance Committee Mr. Frank Walukwe revealed that a number of local and international investors have already shown interests in investing in Riwa.
“We are keen in improving the livelihood of locals where we undertake investments through offering employment to locals as was the case in Kitengela and Athi River,” he said.
Present was the Assistant County Commissioner for West Karachuonyo Jackson Sindani who affirmed that the security personnel will offer secure environment for investors.