Kenya’s government is pushing through with a plan to set up a granite processing plant in the country’s Vihiga County. The region, which has seen commercial activity receive recognition in recent months, plans to delve deeper into the country’s lucrative mining industry.
In light of these developments, Vihiga County Governor, Dr. Wilber Ottichilo has met with Kenya’s Ministry of Petroleum and Mining Cabinet Secretary (CS) John Munyes and Principal Secretary (PS) John Omenge to help the process along.
At their recent consultation, the leaders discussed the development of the granite processing and value addition factory in Vihiga County.
“We later toured the site awaiting the official groundbreaking for the construction of the factory,” Dr. Wilber Ottichilo said in a statement.
The three visited the site of the proposed plant at Emuhaya Sub-Location, commemorating their meeting by each planting a tree.
Kenya’s Mining Ministry has been making a renewed push to develop the country’s underutilized minerals sector.
In fact, the announcement comes shortly after the country’s Mining Ministry announced the establishment of a gold refinery in Kenya’s Kakamega County.
According to a statement from the East African Community (EAC), a leading intergovernmental organization for the region, investment opportunities exist in mining stone for the construction and building industry. The EAC implied that Kenya may face some competition from Uganda, which also processes granite for commercial purposes.
Dr. Ottichilo said in an earlier statement that the factory’s construction would cost Ksh50 million (about $500,000). The government-backed project is expected to be completed in June 2019.
“The factory that is being constructed at a five-acre parcel of land will see more than 1,000 people get direct jobs and create 3,000 indirect jobs once it starts crushing stones for granite,” said the Governor.