I think that this a county worth watching very closely because its seems to be making the right moves. I wish the county could develop and maintain a better homepage than facebook. Looks like the county is giving Kisumu county a major competition.
Anyways, he governor Cyprian Awiti says that….
“On Wednesday 2nd October, I launched our first flagship project – Homa Bay AgriCity at Riwa in Homa Bay. Homa Bay Agricity is expected to deliver on:
-food storage silos;
-Light Industry Buildings;
-Leisure facilities & Recreation parks;
-Paved roads with street lighting;
-Sewerage treatment plant;
-Water Purification plant sufficient to provide clean water to every home;
-Uninterrupted Green Power generation plant;
-A dedicated internet connection per house;
-A satelite TV reception capability in each house; among other facilities
My appreciation still goes to Good Earth Power Company, through the CEO Jason Rosamond for choosing Homa Bay county to implement this mega project. God bless County Government of Homa Bay and its people as we begin writing our history!”
There is hope for better economic times for residents of Homa Bay County as the much awaited Sh560 billion agri-city project was officially commissioned yesterday. The project, a joint venture between the county, Good Earth Power (GEP) and Urban Green Energy, is the first of its kind under the devolved system of governance and will be rolled out in phases for a period of 30 years.
Homa Bay governor Cyprian Awiti and senior directors from Good Earth Power, which is the major partner, graced the event at Riwa area in Karachuonyo sub-county. Speaking during the event, Awiti lauded the project and all partners, saying creation of an agricultural industry is key to the county’s economic growth, job creation and improved livelihoods for residents.
“This project will put Homa Bay at the same level with other Future Earth Communities as the city will provide all services of a modern urban setting such as schools, health clinic, community centre, leisure facility, commercial centre, and administrative buildings within a secure, gated neighbourhood,” he said.
Awiti said the project involves construction of 100, 000 houses, modern road construction and communication network as well as clean power generation. Other venture include water purification, sewage treatment, waste management and construction of modern recreational facilities.
“The project will be on the fast lane to the achievement of the Vision 2030. The agri-city will house a large-scale agricultural production and processing industry while providing the infrastructure for a growing community as it will produce 175 Megawatts of clean energy,” he said. The project is projected to provide at least 20,000 direct jobs.
Gep official Martin Gillard said they will ensure all the facilities and infrastructure are efficient and are maintained for future generations. The projects aimed at leading the way not only addressing housing and food security issues, but also in providing integrated infrastructure, creating neighbourhood communities and delivering jobs with practical skills education.
“We are excited to be part of this project. As a company, we focus on responsible development by leveraging proven, sustainable technologies to deliver next generation, modern communities for people in all walks of life under a ‘live, learn, work, play’ framework,” said Good Earth Power’s global chief executive officer Jason Rosamond.
“We look forward to working with the Homa Bay county government to launch our first Future Earth Community project in Kenya.” Beyond the benefits of the project itself, Gep will also implement its Power for Good programme that reinvests company profits into local community development schemes.
“As our key commitment is to serve people and communities, we have committed to re-investing 50 per cent of our profits to deliver everyday practical benefits at the grassroots level,” said Gep community development director, Maya Minkova.
Good Earth Power is an international consortium based in Oman, with interests in the construction, energy, communications and land development sectors. The company’s primary purpose is to leverage unique technologies to drive forward self-sustaining growth and economic prosperity in developing nations through the provision of energy and infrastructure. – By DICKSON ODHIAMBO