Homa Bay Governor welcomes President Ruto on working tour, highlights development planBushnell Odhiambo
Governor Gladys Wanga welcomed President William Ruto who visited the County of Homa Bay in his two-day working tour of Nyanza region, accompanied by members of his delegation.
The highlight of the president’s tour was the groundbreaking of the Homa Bay Affordable Housing Project. The project will have 5000 units, with 110 units to be built on an 11-acre piece of land.
In her speech during the President’s visit, the Governor of Homa Bay stated that the people of Homa Bay are ready to work with the government on all programs that will bring development to their county.
Governor Wanga also lauded the government’s initiative for affordable housing in Homa Bay in partnership with the County Government, noting that it is an opportunity to address the housing deficit in the county.
“We truly appreciate your decision to ground-break Phase One of the affordable Housing Programme here today and we assure you the availability of more land is for similar projects.”
She added: “The investment is also expected to be an economic boost for the local jua kali artisans, who will now have an opportunity to work on the project and supply locally available materials.
President Ruto said fish farming in Nyanza will be funded and expanded to support more livelihoods. He said the Government will also add value to allow farmers earn more from the economic activity.
“The Government will allocate Sh600 Million to help in the processing of fish in Homa Bay.”
“Fishing has a huge potential that must be exploited. When we add value, we will earn more and generate more jobs for the youth,” He added.
Earlier, the President met the Homa Bay County leadership at the Tom Mboya University that presented the region’s development plan to him.
Governor Wanga appealed to the national government for support in the construction of a modern fish market and non-motorized walkway.
“As the county with 80% of Lake Victoria’s shoreline, we also aim to turn our waterfronts into a tourism hub.”
Present were Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua, Migori Governor Ochilo Ayacko, Senator Moses Kajwang’, MPs, MCAs led by their speaker Hon. Julius Gaya.
Others were, Education CS Ezekiel Machogu, Information, Communication and the Digital Economy CS Eliud Owalo, and former Governors Jack Ranguma (Kisumu), Okoth Obado (Migori), Evans Kidero (Nairobi) and Cyprian Awiti (Homa Bay).