The county government of West Pokot is set to receive Kshs.73 Million from World Bank to improve urban areas and build low-cost houses. The project, to be implemented through the Kenya Urban Support Program, will see the county construct housing units and plan the urban areas.
Speaking during a meeting with ACAL consulting who are in the county to assess the county’s preparedness in line with the program, Governor Prof. John Lonyangapuo said that the project will provide an opportunity for the county to upgrade Kapenguria municipality.
“This is a project we want to implement as soon as possible. We will ensure that we meet all the conditions so that we can benefit from this grant.” He said.
James Kitonga- Team leader, ACAL Consulting pointed out that the 45 counties set to benefit from the grant need to meet all the conditions in order to be able to implement the project.
“We would want to see counties utilize this grant. We are here to help us all benefit from it. This is just the first assessment and there will be a couple of other assessments as the project gets implemented,” said Kitonga.
Mr. Kitonga added that the grants will benefit counties based on the 2009 census.
The County Secretary Dr. Mike Parklea however noted that it would have better if the grants were based on extrapolation rather than the 2009 census.
CEC Joel Arumonyang- Lands, Housing and Physical Planning noted that economic growth has been accompanied by rapid urbanization. However, the county’s urban areas still face a number of challenges which would partly be addressed by the Kenya Urban Support Program.
“We are preparing for rapid urbanization. We have already established systems that work in urban areas and this conditional grant from World Bank will be a stepping stone towards the bigger picture that we have for Kapenguria municipality.”
Urban Support Program aims to establish and strengthen urban institutions to deliver improved infrastructure, economic opportunities and living conditions in participating counties in Kenya.
Present during the meeting were CEC Francis Kitelauyan, Chief of Staff Powon Kapello, Chief Officers Elijah Lopuke and Timothy Lomulen and other county officials.