County to establish business centres to create employment
Tana River County is set to establish ten business centres to create job opportunities and reduce high levels of poverty in the erstwhile rich county.
The centres are meant to create environment for businesses to take off and unleash the untapped entrepreneurial potential of the area residents and realize benefits accruing from the county system of governance.
The area Governor, Maj (Rtd) Dhadho Godhana said the centres to operate along highways are aimed at creating employment, fighting the grinding poverty and spur economic development.
He said the county is rich with a lot of potential in the agricultural, livestock, fisheries and tourism sectors which the county government hopes to harness.
Speaking during an interview with KNA at his Hola office on Friday, Godhana revealed that his government’s transformative agenda is to create conducive business environment to attract both foreign and local investors.
He said, “If we are to move away from the 76.9% poverty index and transform our county into a business hub, we must desist from doing things in old ways.”
And for this to be achieved, the county government was in the process of establishing Town Planning Committee and County Board to spearhead social and economic development.
Godhana said plans were also underway to make Hola a vibrant urban centre to attract private investors to bring business and jobs that will help to develop the county and raise the living standards of the locals.
“We have the potential to transform this county into a business and tourist destination,” added the Governor.
He said his administration seeks to raise awareness of Tana River as an investment and business hub with its richly endowed natural resources such as the river Tana that meanders through the county.
He commended the national government for the ongoing infrastructural improvement in the county which will make the area attractive destination for investment and tourism.
The government through the Kenya Urban Roads Authority (KURA) is currently constructing a 10km tarmac road in Hola town at a cost of Sh.545 million.
By Mohamed Hassan