Nanok commissions Sh297 million road project
BY NACHIPON KATABOI
IN LODWAR, TURKANA CENTRAL
Turkana County Governor Josphat Nanok has commissioned the construction of a 6 km tarmac road in Lodwar. The project will cost about Sh297 million and is expected to be complete in two years. The roads are an extension of the 3 km tarmac road constructed by the Kenya Urban Roads Authority in Lodwar and completed last month.
Speaking during the commissioning ceremony at the Lodwar Youth Polytechnic, Governor Nanok also unveiled heavy machinery, which included a motor grader, tippers and a crawler, to be used in the construction of the roads. The Governor however warned contractors who do shoddy works that they risk being blacklisted by the county government. “As contractors we are telling you that if you do shoddy works you shall carry your own cross,” said Nanok. At the same time, the Turkana County Secretary Mr Peter Eripete has urged contractors to keep off politics if they want to continue working in the county.
“As contractors, you are in business. You can decide to either fulfill your duties as per your contract or choose to play politics. We shall take action on those who do shoddy works,” said Mr Eripete, adding that the county government would focus only on developmental politics. Turkana County Chief Executive Officer in charge of Infrastructure, Mr Augustine Logiron, urged the road contractor to comply with the required regulations, including environmental regulations to avoid delays in the completion of the project. Previously, the National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) officials in Lodwar temporarily halted an earlier road project for non-compliance with its regulations, causing delay in completion of the project. On his part, the Turkana Deputy Governor Mr Peter Ekai called on boda boda operators to adhere to road safety requirements to avoid accidents that might be caused by improved road network. “I appeal to boda boda operators to be careful to avoid losing lives on the improved roads,” said Mr Ekai, adding that plans were underway to ensure that the boda boda operators form SACCOs to help them pool resources together and improve their lives.
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