The National Government has committed to ensure the completion of Kisumu Convention Centre, which was anticipated to host the AfriCities Conference in May last year.
The Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua confirmed that indeed the government is keen to complete the project, which was started by the Jubilee government.
In a speech read on his behalf by CS Sports Ababu Namwamba during the opening of the 9th edition of KICOSCA games in Mamboleo, Kisumu, Gachagua underscored the importance of the Convention Centre upon its completion noting that it will bring a host of opportunities within the region.
“The construction of the Convention Centre is part of the government commitment to devolve development resources which in return will result in more employment opportunities,” he said.
The DP gave an assurance that the project which is under his office will be completed in time to make a contribution in the growth of the nation.
“This Project will contribute to the government’s immediate objectives in turning around the country’s economic outlook,” said the DP.
Earlier, Kisumu Governor Anyang Nyong’o pleaded with the government to move with speed and have the Centre completed.
“The Kisumu Convention Centre, which is just next door, let us complete that Centre,” he said.
Nyong’o said the Centre will be a game changer in conference tourism in the nation, thus spurring economic growth.
“Both the National and County governments will generate revenues from the conferences that will be held at the Centre,” said Nyong’o.
During the last regime, the officials announced that the completion of the Centre was delayed due to economic constraints.
The cost of the project is Sh. 890 million, with so far Sh. 250 million spent.