The Tana River Deputy County Commissioner (DCC), Michael Kioni has asked the County Government of Tana River to develop a master plan for the county’s urban centres.
He said most of the towns in the semi-arid county were developing very fast but lamented that there was no master plan to guide the developments.
Kioni was speaking at a Hola hotel on Friday during celebrations to mark this year’s African Statistics Day.
I would like to call upon the County Government to immediately develop a master plan for this County to guide the numerous development projects, he said.
He said the lack of a master plan was a recipe for poor town planning and would have adverse effects in future, including congestion and poor drainage.
Proper development always follows a good plan, but in our case, it seems our planning is being guided by the developments we have, that is the tragedy we are facing in most African cities, he said.
Mr. Kioni at the same time asked residents to cooperate with National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS) officials in data collection for better planning.
Mr. Kioni said without accurate statistics, the National and County Governments would not be able to plan well for the development of the County, a factor that could make it continue lagging behind in development.
He said Tana River had better resources than Egypt, yet Egypt was more developed because leaders in the County did not know the right priorities.
Together we can make Tana River a great County because it has everything needed for development, but we must have a master plan, for this county to prosper, we must have the proper statistics, he said.
The Principal of the Kenya Medical Training College, Tana River Campus, John Kariri, asked leaders to find ways of properly utilizing the county’s natural resources such as the river Tana.
It is a shame that the river flows through this County from Garissa to Lamu yet we are net consumers of relief supplies, he lamented.
His Deputy Governor, Salim Batuyu, also underscored the importance of statistics in proper service provision and urged residents not to fear giving out statistics whenever called upon by KNBS officials.
Tana River County Statistics Officer, Abdiwahid Abdulahi said the population of Tana River County had increased to 318,000 up from the 248,000 recorded during the census of 1999.
He said KNBS had started mapping for the 2019 National Population and Housing Census and called for cooperation among all stakeholders.
Source: Kenya News Agency