His Excellency Governor Francis Kimemia was among dignitaries who joined Education Cabinet Secretary Prof. George Magoha in unveiling the recently elevated Nyandarua National Polytechnic in Gatimu ward, Ol’Jororok Sub-County.
The colourful occasion, attended by hundreds of Nyandarua residents, doubled up as the 15th anniversary celebrations for the former Nyandarua Institute of Science and Technology, which is now a national polytechnic.
Governor Kimemia lauded President Uhuru Kenyatta for granting the wishes of the locals to elevate the institute to a national Polytechnic saying plans to establish a university in the county were still on course.
He said the county government will collaborate with the polytechnic together with the recently launched potato seed multiplication unit at nearby ATC Oljororok to provide quality seeds for farmers.
He pledged that the county government will assist the polytechnic in the construction of bumps, walkways, acceleration and deceleration lanes along the road to reduce accidents. A borehole to assist the institution and the neighbouring community will be sunk.
Prof. Magoha pledged his ministry’s support in funding more research on potatoes to ensure that the yield is clean and internationally accepted.
Earlier, Prof Magoha had paid a courtesy call on Governor Kimemia at his office in Ol’Kalou where he lauded him for the achievements he had realised since taking over.
The leaders together with officials of the two levels of government discussed in detail areas of collaboration that include fast tracking of the construction of a university, infrastructural improvement in public primary and secondary schools, hardship allowances for teachers in parts of the county and support for vocational training centres.
Prof. Magoha was accompanied by PS for State Department for Vocational and Technical Training Dr Margaret Mwakima and other ministry officials. Also present were National Assembly Majority Leader Hon. Amos Kimunya, Members of Parliament Hon. Michael Muchira (Ol Joro Orok) and Kwenya Thuku (Kinangop).