Former President Mwai Kibaki launched the construction of Ronald Ngala Utalii College ten years ago, it was meant t be on of the best training institutions in the Coast region but it is still stalled.
Karanja Kibicho who is the Chairperson of the National Development Implementation Technical Committee has said it has delayed due to inadequate funds. He said the government had budget Sh. 8 billion for its construction but only allocated Sh 4.9 billion.
The facility which is currently 71 percent complete has all the accompaniments for training in hospitality industry with special attention to maritime sector. While checking its completion, Kibicho said the facility will admit one thousand students and the first 250 batch will be admitted late this year or early 2023.
In 2019, the Ministry of Tourism and Wildlife suffered a big blow after a lobby group sued to have its tender stopped over alleged fraud. The Presidential Delivery Unit visited the site in 2019 before the arrival of the President at the Coast only to find it abandoned.
The group were astonished to find only seven workers in a 40-acre land. In 2017, Parliament directed that the project to be redesigned to accommodate 3000 students for the Sh 8.9 billion. National Assembly's Public Investment Committee said redesigning it would ensure that taxpayer's money was accounted for.
Ronald Ngala Utalii College was established to become the second government-owned training institution. It is set to meet market labor demands and supplement Kenya Utalii College.
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