Lodwar, 16th October (Governor’s Press Service)— Deputy Governor Peter Lotethiro has expressed satisfaction in the quality of works done on the Lokichar-Nakodok road currently construction.
In a meeting yesterday with the Board of Directors of the Kenya National Highways Authority (KeNHA), the Deputy Governor commended KeNHA who are supervising the project and stated that the road will be a game-changer in the economic transformation of Turkana.
He said that residents have begun using sections of the road which have already been tarmacked.
“Our people take pride in this road and already business is thriving- livestock trade, roadside eateries even more people are opting to travel by road unlike before. The road has potential to completely transform Turkana,” he said.
Specifically, the DG mentioned the Kainuk, Turkwel and Kawalase bridges, as well as smaller bridges constructed along the road.
Board Chairman Eng. Wangai Ndirangu and Director General Eng. Peter Mundinia led the KeNHA delegation.
With Turkana bordering three countries, the DG agreed that the improved road network will boost development of the County to a hub of regional transport and cross-border trade.
On employment opportunities from the road construction, DG Lotethiro asked KeNHA to give chances to local youth and support efforts to reduce high unemployment rates in the county.
He expressed hope that the National Government will solve security conflict which was preventing construction of Nadapal-Nakodok section of the road, due to a reported presence of South Sudanese military in the area.
The DG also urged for fasttracking of construction of Lodwar- Kalokol and Lodwar- Lokiriama road which had stalled.
The meeting also discussed environmental protection, with the Deputy Governor proposing that borrow pits from sourcing of construction material be turned into water pans or filled up to ensure they are not a safety hazard for residents.
Eng. Ndirangu informed the DG of KeNHA’s plan to open a sub-regional office in Lodwar. He asked for the County Government’s support to safeguard road installation and protecting road reserve from encroachment.
County Executives Patrick Losike (Infrastructure, Transport and Public Works) and Jennifer Nawoi (Lands, Energy, Housing and Urban Areas Development); and Senior Advisor for Security, Peace and Borderland Initiatives Cpt. (Rtd.) Augustine Lokwang also addressed the meeting.
Chief Officer for Lands, Energy, Housing and Urban Areas Development Joshua Lemuya was also present.