Japan Government through the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) will help Busia County achieve some of its ” Big 4” Agenda that is brainchild of President Uhuru Kenyatta.
JICA Senior Programme Officer Anne Olubendi gave the assurance on Wednesday where she accompanied Senior Economic Advisor to the Presidency Dr. Ken Ohashi in the tour of the county.
The JICA team, the special secretary Intergovernmental Budget & Economic Council, Office of the Deputy President, Patrick Omutia and the County team led by County Secretary Nicodemus Mulaku came face to face with traffic snarl ups in the two border towns.
Mulaku, County Executive Committee Members Prof Grephas Opata (Lands), Phaustine Barasa (Finance), Chief of Staff and private Secretary to the Governor, Sebastian Okiring, Chief Officer Animal Resources Richard Achiambo and Public Health Officer Joseph Oprong later took the JICA team to inspect the 10 acres of land in Malaba and six acres in Busia allocated for the construction of trailer parks.
Olubendi said the prospects of JICA financing the construction of trailer parks in Busia County is still a subject of negotiations and which can’t be locked out.
“Construction of trailer parks is still within the scope of trade facilitation which is one of the areas they are supporting in Kenya. Others are Infrastructure, Human Resource Development, Agriculture, water and sanitation,’’ she said.
Olubendi said JICA supported the One Stop Border Post through training of Custom Officials and Clearing and forwarding agents, adding that they are also ready to offer support to Busia county in disaster preparedness.
Speaking on behalf of Busia Governor Sospeter Ojaamong during a meeting at the County Government boardroom, the Chief of Staff said trailer parks in Busia and Malaba was mandatory to avoid the impending disaster occasioned by trucks carrying inflammable substances.
The County Secretary said trailers were a big challenge, adding that the County Government has for the last four days pushed the trucks to the Airstrip awaiting clearance to facilitate trade along the busy highway.
Oprong said lack of isolation wards for suspected hemorrhage fever like ebola was a cause for worry as it scares medics and poses danger to other patients who stand the risk of contaminating the scourge.
Prof Opata said housing was a big challenge with those built in the 1950s and 60s becoming dilapidated, thus the need to get development partners to bring down the existing houses for modern ones.