Land Cabinet Secretary Charity Ngilu on Wednesday directed a Chinese contractor awarded Kshs 2 billion tender to carry out the World Bank Funded slum upgrading project in Eldoret town and its environs to hire workers from within Uasin Gishu County.
Ngilu warned the Chinese contractor against sidelining the local youth and women in job opportunities available at the expense of people from outside Uasin Gishu county.
“For the implementation of the project to succeed,it is imperative for the contractor to give first priority to locals when hiring to avoid incidents that might derail the project,”said Ngilu.
The Cabinet Secretary was speaking at Munyaka slum estate when she presided over the ground-breaking ceremony for Kenya Informal Settlement Improvement Project(KISIP) in the outskirts of the City of Champions.
Ngilu was accompanied by Uasin Gishu County Governor Jackson Mandago, Deputy Governor Daniel Chemno, County Executives, Members of County Assembly among other leaders.
The project is meant to address the problem of germination of unplanned settlement that,has been witnessed in Kamkunji, Langas, Munyaka, Huruma and Mwenderi.
Ngilu requested the site contractor to train the local workforce on capacity building and other technical careers to enable them bid for government tenders in future.
Ngilu said the contractor had no choice but to incorporate the services of Uasin Gishu County residents so that they could feel part and parcel of the project set to run for a period of one year.