By Hanifa Mariam
Bungoma Deputy Governor Prof. Charles Ngome hailed the move by, Alpharma Ltd, a leather company over there plan s to erect a leather plant in Bungoma.
He said it was in line with Governor Wycliffe Wangamati’s development agenda which included creating an atmosphere for investors to set up industries in the county.
The deputy governor was speaking after a consultative meeting with the company’s representatives led by the Chairman Mr Sambasiva Rao.
The company will set up a skin and leather factory for manufacturing leather products.
Mr Ngome said the factory when it will commence her operations, it will create at least 500 direct and indirect jobs to Bungoma youths. “I am delighted that you have chosen Bungoma as the ideal place for this industry,”
He said the county was an ideal place where investors can set up their business enterprises, adding that they will provide a conducive working environment to anybody who want to invest in Bungoma.
Trade, Energy and Industrialization CEC Mr. Gregory Naulikha added the slaughter houses in Bungoma town, Kimilili, Webuye and other towns was enough to produce raw materials needed at the plant.
“Setting up an industry leads to demand of other products like food and housing which the community around the industry will provide. It is also important to acknowledge that if the company is set here, our people stand to benefit from its social corporate responsibility” he said.
“We need to improve the quality of raw materials right from the slaughter houses to its reservations and also partner in livestock breeding like involving in tick eradication procedures,” said Mr Rao, the Chairman of Alpharma Ltd.
He said they are keen in partnering with likeminded people who are interested in production of footwear products made from leather.