The first ever Bio Centre in Western Kenya was formally opened at Budalangi market on Monday by Busia Governor Sospeter Ojaamong.
The Sh2.7 million project is a partnership with the County Government of Busia pioneered by Bunyala North Ward. The Market Authority and area MCA Fred Musirimba secured the construction site.
The Bio-sanitation facility will provide decent and affordable sanitation services and produce biogas for domestic use at local hotels and nearby households.
Speaking after the official launch, Ojaamong said the bio-sanitation is premised on the need to close the loop in the waste management process, thus turning waste into a resource.
Ojaamong said his government will build similar projects in market centres across the county, adding that his government was addressing pressing challenges facing county residents especially water and decent markets in some centres.
The Senior Advisor Umande Trust, Josiah Omotto who represented the organization which won the contract to construct the centre said 68 similar centres have been built in Nairobi, seven in Muranga, three in Nakuru, nine in Kisumu and one each in Homa Bay and Lodwar courtesy of UNHCR.
Omotto appealed to Bunyala residents to invest in waste by using the facility’s toilets to make bio-gas generation a reality. Musirimba said he would partner with the facility management committee to sponsor the first investors to have them use the toilets at no fee as a sign of his commitment to wealth creation by his people.
William Misati fromUmande trust headquarters in Nairobi said there are 80 bio centres in Kenya, adding that the centre will recoup its Sh2.7m investment in five years.