Ksh 100b project launched to enhance Nothern Kenya

Written By: KBC Reporter/Grace Maina
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The National Government in partnership with the World Bank has launched a 100 billion shillings project aimed at enhancing capacity of 10 arid and semi arid counties in Northern Kenya.

The project seeks to ensure access to off grid solar, smart agriculture, water and sanitation, as well as infrastructure development within the vast region.

Dubbed the North and North Eastern Development Initiative, (NEDI) the project targets Mandera, Garissa, Isiolo, Lamu, Marsabit, Samburu, Tana River, Turkana, Wajir and West Pokot counties.

Devolution Cabinet Secretary, Eugene Wamalwa applauded Governors from the region for coming up with a visionary economic block that is meant to bridge development gaps.

Labor Cabinet Secretary, Ukuri Yattani called on the leaders to visualize in improving service delivery to improve the livelihoods of their people.

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World Bank’s Helene Carrison Rex says the initiative seeks to attract investments to the region to complement ongoing government efforts to improve equity.

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Council of Governor, Chair Josephat Nanok said the initiative will go a long way in improving the livelihoods of residents in the 10 counties.

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The initiative consists of six new backbone projects with a portfolio of about 1 billion dollars namely off grid solar access, climate smart agriculture, water and sanitation development, North and North  Eastern Transport improvement project, Development response to displacement impact project and the National safety Net program additional financing.

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