The Mandera Municipality will benefit from a funding of Sh125 million for storm water drainage works and another Sh50 million for solar street lighting at Khalalio and Livestock Market from the World Bank through the Kenya Urban Support Programme.
Municipal Manager Hassannoor Adan Abdullahi handed the sites for phase II of the drainage works in Busley and the solar project to the contractors to start the work expected to take 12 months to complete.
Accompanied by the Municipal Chairman Salah Maalim Alio and Mandera County Urban Development Chief Officer Zulekha Osman and Neboi MCA, Mr Abdullahi who thanked the World Bank for supporting the projects and urged other development partners to also venture into the county.
The World Bank has also offered the Mandera Municipality a Sh50 million grant for the purchase of furniture, stationery and development of a strategic plan.
"The community is happy with the projects which are climate resilient as they are involved in all steps," Mr Abdullahi said.
The UK government's Department for International Development is also working with Mandera Municipality to build its capacity to plan and attract investments.
The Al-Imran Investment, which was represented by Mr Ibrahim Adan, will undertake the storm drainage project while Diston Investment will do the solar installation works.
The storm water drainage will measure 1.5 kilometres while some 202 solar poles will be erected at Khalalio and Livestock Market and major routes in the two settlements.
The first phase of storm water drainage, which has helped curb flooding, cost Sh95 million.
Mr Abdullahi expressed his gratitude to the World Bank for helping improve infrastructure in Mandera Municipality, consequently attracting investments.
"We thank the World Bank for the support and urge other development partners and investors to venture in Mandera Municipality which is a land of opportunities," Mr Abdullahi said.
Neboi MCA Abdi Aden, senior chiefs Abdirahim Alale (Neboi) and Ali Mohamed (Shafshefy) hailed the Mandera Municipality for the projects.
Also present were Mandera County acting Roads Director Ahmednur Billow and Mr Geoffrey Nombi, an engineer.
Mr Nombi supervised the building of the first ever tarmac road in Mandera County by Governor Ali Roba’s administration following.
Before the advent of devolution, the frontier county had no tarmac road, more than 50 years after independence.
But Mandera town now enjoys tens of kilometres of tarmac, easing movement and boosting trade and investment.
The local leaders said the drainage and solar projects will provide jobs to residents, ease movement of people and goods and help improve security.