Lodwar, 22nd January 2024 (Governor’s Press Service) – Governor Jeremiah Lomorukai has urged the National Government to consider Turkana County in its Affordable Housing Programme.
Speaking today during a meeting with the National Assembly Departmental Committee on Housing, Urban Planning, and Public Works at the County Headquarters, Governor Lomorukai acknowledged the importance of the housing programme in creating employment opportunities and addressing the housing challenge. He assured the committee, chaired by Emurua Dikirr MP Johana Ngeno of the administration’s readiness to embrace it.
The committee is in Turkana to conduct public participation on the Affordable Housing Bill, 2023, which is expected to provide a legal framework for the programme’s implementation.
The County Government has earmarked 40 acres of land in Turkana South, Turkana Central, and Turkana West Sub-counties to construct housing units.
Governor Lomorukai expressed optimism that the programme will address pressing housing challenges in Turkana, particularly in educational institutions such as universities and colleges. He assured the committee of the hospitality of the Turkana people and briefed them on efforts to foster peaceful cohesion among the Ateker communities.
The Committee chair revealed that the National Government would construct 200 units in every constituency and stressed that public views collected will shape the programme’s implementation.
In attendance were County Secretary Peter Eripete, Deputy County Secretary Dr Albert Gamoe; County Executives David Erukudi (Trade) and Peter Akono (Lands) as well as Chief of Staff Peter Yoromoe