NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 17 – Transport and Infrastructure Secretary Michael Kamau is now asking Kenyans to take the initiative and repair roads in city estates and those in rural areas using cheap techniques instead of waiting for the government to do the job.
Kamau says citizens can use Japanese technology known as Do-Nou in which gunny bags are filled with soil then compacted to repair sections of roads that are impassable.
Addressing journalists on Monday after he launched a training session on maintaining roads, the Cabinet Secretary said Do-Nou technology was effective and also cost-effective.
“I will urge people, mostly here in Nairobi to use this technology…it empowers the community by helping people to participate in development because it’s simple,” he said.
A Japanese non-profit organisation has already applied Do-Nou technology in Kiambu, Uasin Gishu, Trans Nzoia and Marakwet counties to repair roads.
Other than ensuring roads are in good condition, Kamau said the new technology will create employment opportunities for youths by providing them with skills through training.
“Through the daily earning, the youth are able to save money for registration of companies,” he pointed out.
“The ultimate goal in the training is to develop the capacity of youth to be local contractors to apply the labour based techniques in County Governments as well as Government agencies.”
He added that; “the skills acquired from such training enable the youths to operate micro and small enterprise positioning them to access the 30 percent state contracts in line with the government commitment to the empowerment of the youths.”
He however said the government was committed to improve road infrastructure across the country.
Following the introduction of seasonal road maintenance technology that uses locally available resources, Kamau said farmers can look forward to better days.