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Manufacturing complex revived

NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 1 – The Numerical Machining Complex, the makers of Nyayo Pioneer Cars which stalled in 1990s, is being revived as the driving force for industrialisation, Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka has said.

Mr Musyoka who toured the complex urged the Treasury to consider allocating the Sh1.2 billion requested to modernise the plant.

The complex has been undergoing a revival for the last eight months under the Ministry of Industrialisation and is now set to produce spare parts for sugar, tea and cement factories among other manufacturing concerns.

Mr Musyoka appealed to Kenyans to support the ongoing efforts to revive the project, noting that it was through such initiatives that the Vision 2030 could be realized.

He commended the management for its efforts to ensuring that operations at the plant were carried out effectively, saying it was high time Kenyans promoted such plants by purchasing local productions instead of relying on foreign ones.

"It is encouraging that there are machines here which can be used to block rivers so that their waters can be used to irrigate our farms," said Mr Musyoka.

Industrialisation Permanent Secretary, John Lonyangapuo, said efforts were being made to ensure that the plant was put to maximum use to cope up with the needs of Kenyan industries especially in the provision of car spare parts.

Chief Executive Officer George Onyango, said the firm which had 60 workers was committed to ensuring that operations were carried out smoothly after its revival eight months ago.

He said the management had requested the Treasury for more funds to enable it carry implement its projects successfully.

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