THE government of Netherlands has given a grant of Sh28 million for a water project in Kisii and Nyamira county. Speaking yesterday at the treasury building after signing the grant, Finance Secretary Henry Rotich said health and water are critical in the development of the country and achievement of vision 2030 goals and objectives. "Many parts of this country faces various challenges of access to quality drinking water and water for other essential activities even though they receive adequate rainfall. The challenge is lack of infrastructure to harvest and distribute water to needy Kenyans," he said. Rotich said the proposed Kisii water supply and sanitation project of Bunyunyu dam is a flagship project in the long term Vision 2030 development blue print. "I am happy that we have just signed a grant agreement amounting to Sh28 million to support the development phase of Kisii water supply and sanitation project. The government will finance 50 per cent of the project through Lake Victoria Water Service Board while Dutch's Facility for Infrastructurewill fund the other 50 per cent. Rotich said the devolved governance structure will help many Kenyans reap benefits. He said the financial assistance and technical assistance from Netherlands has benefited the economy thereby positively impacting on the lives of many Kenyans. He said the government will ensure that the support is utilized well and for the intended purpose. Netherlands ambassador to Kenya , Joost Reintjes , said his country is one of the biggest investors in Kenya . "We are the biggest investors in this country and we are happy to increase our investments and strengthen our bilateral ties with this country. We will continue to fund most of the projects in this country to ensure that the level of living is uplifted," Reintjes said. Principal Secretary in the Department of Water , James Lopoyetum witnessed the signing. He was accompanied by Andrew Ombati,executive member of water and irrigation, Nyamira county, her counterpart, Skitter Ocharo from Kisii and 0fficials from Lake Victoria Water Services Board.
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