President William Ruto, accompanied by a delegation of government officials, has continued his highly-anticipated development tour of the Nyanza region in Kenya.
On Saturday, the head of State assessed the ongoing construction of the Homa Bay Affordable Housing Project that was launched in February and later launched the construction and rehabilitation of the Sh600-Million Homa Bay Pier in Homa Bay County that will take six months to complete.
Homa Bay Pier will reconnect Kisumu, Entebbe, Mwanza and other strategic towns along the edges of Lake Victoria, thereby support fishing in the area and expand intra-East African trade. This will create more jobs, generate wealth and increase economic opportunities for the people in the region.
In Roo, Homa Bay County, issued permit of operation and toured Victory Farms — the largest fish producer in East Africa — that targets to feed at least two billion in the continent by 2050. According to the president, Victory Farms by the shores of Lake Victoria in Homa Bay County is a compelling testimony of how the Government can support and nurture businesses to flourish and support livelihoods.
Started in 2015, the enterprise has grown to be one of Africa’s biggest fish farms, producing more than 50 tonnes of tilapia a day, creating more than 5,000 jobs to the ordinary people.
President Ruto’s visit to the Nyanza region marks a significant step in his administration’s commitment to fostering inclusive and equitable development across the country. The region, known for its rich cultural heritage and vibrant communities, has long awaited substantial investments and infrastructural improvements.
During the tour, President Ruto met with local leaders, community representatives, and residents to gain firsthand insights into the challenges faced by the region and discuss strategies for sustainable development. The President emphasized the importance of collaborative efforts between the national government, county governments, and local communities to drive progress and uplift the livelihoods of the people in Nyanza.
One of the key highlights of the tour was the launch of a major road infrastructure project aimed at improving connectivity and easing transportation in the region. The President unveiled plans for the construction of a new highway that will link several key towns, enhancing trade and economic opportunities for both urban and rural areas. The project is expected to create job opportunities and stimulate economic growth.
Additionally, President Ruto prioritized the expansion and modernization of healthcare facilities in the region. He announced the construction of state-of-the-art hospitals and medical centers equipped with advanced technology and specialized services. This investment aims to improve access to quality healthcare, reduce maternal and infant mortality rates, and enhance overall healthcare outcomes in Nyanza.
President Ruto also addressed the issue of education and announced initiatives to improve the quality of education in the region. He pledged to increase funding for schools, provide scholarships to deserving students, and enhance teacher training programs to ensure that students receive a well-rounded education that prepares them for the future.
Furthermore, the President’s tour included visits to agricultural projects and marketplaces, highlighting the importance of the agricultural sector in the region’s economic development. He announced plans to promote sustainable farming practices, improve irrigation systems, and empower farmers through access to credit facilities and modern farming techniques.
President Ruto’s development tour of the Nyanza region has generated a renewed sense of optimism and hope among the local communities. His commitment to addressing long-standing challenges and investing in key sectors is seen as a significant step towards creating a more prosperous and inclusive future for the people of Nyanza.
As the tour continues, President Ruto and his delegation will closely monitor the progress of ongoing projects, ensure effective implementation of initiatives, and maintain an open dialogue with the residents of Nyanza. The government’s efforts to prioritize development in the region are expected to have a transformative impact on the lives of the people and contribute to Kenya’s overall socio-economic growth.