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Sh12b set aside for Nyanza projects

KISUMU, Kenya, Oct 10 – At least Sh12 billion was allocated for infrastructural development in Nyanza province within the current financial year, Prime Minister Raila Odinga has announced.

He said the coalition government had factored the amount in the 2009/2010 budget in a deliberate move to open up the region for investment and economic growth towards realisation of the vision 2030.

"These projects focus on the improvement of roads, water and sewerage including the upgrading of the Kisumu airport to international status are tailored to create desired environment for economic prosperity" the Premier said.

He however challenged the local communities to exploit the business potentials the expanded airport was likely to offer to sustain maximum utilization of the facility.

Mr Odinga made the development figures public, when he presided over the ground breaking ceremony of the proposed SOS children\’s village in Kisumu.

He said the construction of the fifth home at the lakeside city would help alleviate suffering among the orphaned and vulnerable children majority of who lost their parents to the ravages of the HIV/AIDS pandemic.

The premier decried that number of the vulnerable and child parents in the society was further aggravated by the events that characterized the aftermath of the 2007 election as many families lost their bread winners during the chaos.

He declared the government\’s resolved to ensure that every child in the country realised their natural potentials and grow in a peaceful environment.

Mr Odinga said the proposed facility estimated to cost at least Sh340 million includes construction of a school health centre and a community centre which the locals lacked in the remote area.

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He said the facility would open up the region and pledged to facilitate power and water connection to the area within the shortest possible time.

The organization\’s chairman of the board of trustees Martin Oduor Otieno and area Member of Parliament Olago Aluoch were present at the occasion held the Ojuok polytechnic site.

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