Investors have started trooping to Homabay, to purchase land around the Dr. Ida Odinga Sh. 300m library at Ogande Girls High School, in Homabay county. The center whose construction is expected to be complete by mid-next year will be a 1000 capacity auditorium, hosting an ICT hub, a recording studio, and a conference facility supported by the Kenya Film Classification Board and Kenya Broadcasting Corporation.
According to Homabay Town MP Opondo Kaluma, the state-of-the-art library, research, and innovation center is not only a blessing to the Homabay county, but the entire region. The legislator says it is the lack of facilities that have seen successive presidents ignore visiting the region.
”We have lacked facilities where presidential functions can be held. That is why the president has never visited Homa Bay county. With this project, we expect the president and other dignitaries to make frequent visits to our county and that would be good for our economy,” MP Kaluma said.
With the blessings of sky-rocketing land prices and private developers trooping in the county for land, Mr. Kaluma has warned locals to stay vigilant and do a thorough background check on who they sell their land to. The ODM MP also advised the residents to take an advantage of this rare opportunity and set up their businesses, instead of selling their land.
”We have seen a lot of people who are not natives of this area buying parcels of land to invest in businesses. I would advise families to use the project to start their own businesses instead of selling their land,” he added.
In August last year, Dr. Ida Odinga raised Sh176 million for the resource center described as a melting pot and meeting point of academic excellence, research, skills acquisition in computer and ICT related ﬁelds, ﬁlm and creative arts.