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AFFORDABLE HOUSING PROJECT
By NANCY NAHOLI
In line with the Government of Kenya’s (GOK) big four agenda on Affordable Housing, the County Government of Nakuru through the Leadership of Governor Lee Kinyanjui is taking steps to provide adequate and affordable housing for it’s growing population under the Naivasha Affordable Housing project that was launched today.
The devolved unit in collaboration with the World Bank Group (WBG) and UkAid has identified and committed a 55-acre parcel of land in Naivasha with the objective of delivering affordable housing units to its citizens.
Speaking during the official launch of the project,H.E Governor Lee Kinyanjui who is the chair of the Council of Governor for Urban Planning Housing, Development, Lands Infrastructure and Energy committee said that the aim is to facilitate achievement of cheap housing units stating that the county is leveraging on the land identified to attract private investors towards the delivery of a minimum of 24,000 affordable housing units.
“The well-being of the residents of this county is of paramount importance to the county’s administration and we are committed to ensuring all the necessary measures are taken to ensure compliance to requisite regulations and standards in the various spectrum of our day to day activities,” said the Governor.
He moreover said that a conducive, well planned and maintained urban and rural environment will go along way in ensuring that the well-being of Nakuru residents is maintained.
The devolved unit is looking forward to working closely with the National government for the successful completion of the project.
He urged his colleagues from other counties to set aside funds for the budget of supporting the Affordable Housing project.
According to the CEC in charge of Land, Housing and Physical Planning Francis Mwangi, the World Bank last year first-lined Nakuru as the pioneer county in the realization of president Kenyatta’s ambitious big four agenda plan to build 500,000 houses by the end of 2022.
The World Bank Group is providing technical assistance to the administration as part of IFC’s Kenya Competitiveness Enhancement program(KECP) which is a grant-funded by the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID).
Naivasha Affordable Housing project is linked to DFID’s Suitable Urban Economic Development (SUED) program which is supporting emerging urban centers in Kenya to put in place sustainable urban economic plans to improve the investment climate and draw in investment for key climate-resilient infrastructure and value chain projects.
Also present were CEC finance Dr. Peter Ketyenye and CEC Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries Dr. Immaculate Maina.