A comprehensive public engagement exercise has been initiated to upgrade four informal settlements at Nabute, Soweto, Napetet, and Ngitakito areas in Lodwar Municipality through the Kenya Informal Settlements Improvement Plan (KISIP).
The upgrade is to streamline the provision of essential social amenities, including access to clean water and electricity in decent housing for the residents.
The Manager for Lodwar Municipality, Benjamin Tukei has emphasized that the public engagement was designed to raise awareness among the target beneficiaries and inform them on the significance of groups to manage the process and address issues that may emerge during the upgrading process.
During a recent visit, officials from the State Department of Housing said they came to facilitate the engagement and develop effective communication strategies to convey the planned upgrades comprehensively.
The Team Lead for the delegation of the State Department of Housing, Anthony Kimosop, described public engagement as a vital legal process to ensure inclusivity in both the upgrade process and its intended outcome.
Kimosop congratulated the Manager for the identification of the four sites for being selected for the upgrade project.
He encouraged the local residents to actively engage in the dialogue by expressing their concerns and expectations, promising that their voices would be heard.
Kwaba Omwenga, representing Public Health, was among those who attended the meeting.