Business / Markets
Thursday, 16 Jun 2016 15:10 EATnewsdesk@kenyafreepress.com
The Kenya Association of Manufacturers today hosted a site visit to Industrial Area for the Principal Secretary, State Department for Infrastructure in the Ministry of Transport and infrastructure, Eng. John Mosonik, to discuss urgent solutions for the infrastructural challenges currently affecting their businesses.
The manufacturers, led by the KAM CEO Phyllis Wakiaga, and former Chairman Arun Devani, cited poor drainage, bad roads and poor waste disposal as a major deterrent to effective business operations in the area. They led the PS on a tour of the area from Donholm roundabout, Sasio Road, Rangwe Road, which is one of the most dilapidated, Ndume close and Road A.
During the visit, the manufacturers pointed out the bad condition of roads leading to their factories, the prevalence of poorly discarded waste and the clogged drainage that are exacerbated by increasing informal settlements and poor planning.
Ms Wakiaga said, “We thought it was important for the Government to experience firsthand the difficulties that our businesses face in this area. Manufacturing contributes to 11 percent of the GDP and 60 percent of the value-add companies are located in industrial area – meaning that the government collects a major share of its tax revenue from here. Yet we have sewage water running right in front of some of our factories, roads that are completely impassable at times and damage transport vehicles and our workers also suffer these difficulties. We need urgent intervention on these issues.”
Speaking during the tour PS John Mosonik said, “I am truly shocked at how bad the state of the roads is. I knew it was wanting but when I saw it for myself I appreciated the magnitude of this problem. We are looking into a number of quick solutions that we can achieve within the next month at least to see that some of the bad roads such as Rangwe and Maasai road are passable. Then we shall plan immediate engagements so that together with the manufacturers we can look for holistic long-term solutions.”
The ministry has committed to prioritize some of the problems using a multi-sectoral approach involving other ministries and government agencies to deal with the health and safety hazards brought about by the infrastructural and planning challenges.