Baringo County in Kenya has plans to rehabilitate over 600km of roads in its six sub-counties at a cost of US $802,505 in the next 100 days. The project targets to enhance 20km of road in each of the 30 wards in the region as well as grading, gravelling and maintaining the rehabilitated roads.
According to Governor Stanley Kiptis, during commissioning of the project in Kabarnet Town, some roads in the remote parts of the county have never been graded since independence.
“We are using equipment from the county and we have also hired six excavators, 12 graders and 24 tippers,” said the Governor. He further assured the youth of employment in the region as the county targets to hire 60 of them to supplement the existing personnel.
Meanwhile, through the opening of roads in the volatile areas of the region, the initiative is expected to go a long way in boosting security.
According to Governor Kiptis, in the porous regions of the county armed bandits have been staging attacks and killing people because they are aware that those remote areas are inaccessible by security officers. Therefore normalcy will be restored through opening up the roads. An improved road network will also impact positively on economic development and link markets to producers.
Construction of Standard roads
Stakeholders and the County Executive Committee will be responsible in managing the projects and ensuring that standard roads are constructed.
Movement of agricultural products has been hampered for a long time, and once the roads are improved, urban markets will be accessible and attract more investors.
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