Kitui County Governor Charity Ngilu announced there are plans to expand the Kitui County Textile Centre (KICOTEC) by opening branches in Mwingi and Mutomo areas to strengthen the regions’ economies.
KICOTEC, the first ever garment factory by a county government in the country, is currently operating at full capacity day and night to produce as many as 30,000 face masks a day to be used to protect Kenyans from contracting the virus.
Governor Ngilu has been vocal about creation of opportunities for local manufacturing and employment opportunities for the people of Kitui.
“KICOTEC will continue producing quality face masks and PPEs as we are looking to expand production to meet the demand in the market. We expect to increase employment opportunities in the sector by opening branches in Mwingi and Mutomo areas to strengthen the regions’ economies,” Governor Ngilu said.
Governor Ngilu spoke during an event where she handed over a consignment of 140,000 face masks from KICOTEC to the Trade Development Bank.
Trade Development Bank Chief Operating Officer Michael Awori who received the consignment said the consignment will be handed over to the Emergency Response Kitty on COVID-19.
Governor Ngilu has won acclaim locally and internationally for her innovative efforts, particularly with KICOTEC, in aiding the fight against COVID-19.
According to the governor, KICOTEC’s initial target was income from local and national productions which would boost the county’s economy.
Source(s): Twitter (Charity Ngilu)
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