The Marsabit County department of Urban Development and Housing today handed over three newly constructed latrines to the business community at the Marsabit old market.
Business people and customers available, during the latrines handing over exercise to the market committee expressed their gratitude to the county government of Marsabit through the relevant department of Urban Development for the concern of availing latrines-two for ladies and one gents.
The market’s chair, Mr. Buno Wonago who spoke to the media during the handing over event said that the government’s concern was applaudable and thus must be appreciated by business community and their customers at the market where in the past the existing latrine was filled up besides its pathetic condition.
According to the Marsabit County town administrator Mr. Boru Golicha, the county department swiftly attended to the concern raised by the business community through their market committee in a noble bid of serving the public.
The old latrine will soon be decommissioned.
Golicha revealed that the department has planned to put up more standard modern toilets at bus/matatu terminus and market centers so as to attend to the needs of many travelers that the town is experiencing besides serving other public with provision for ladies, gents and people with disability, and the design also captures water storage for hygiene observance.
The County urban public health officer Mr. Gollo G. Ogah urged the market community to use, utilize and manage the new latrines properly, adding that they should take personal responsibility to own as theirs.
Mr. Ogah further said, the town’s sanitation and waste management has greatly improved with the inception of the devolved governance especially in the CBD streets. Control tipping at the Marsabit dumpsite has helped in waste collections and disposal, Ogah added.
However, Ogah cited challenges of liquid waste management due to lack of exhauster and lagoons for discharge.
Town beautification is also in the offing, it only waits for the completion of the ongoing road tarmacking after which beautification exercise begins, according to Golicha. He added that the government’s aspiration and desires is to have urban centres with 24 hour economy which will be evidenced through provision of lighting system, enhanced security among others.
By Boru Molmolla-the Marsabit County Communication