Nyandarua County will not play the card of marginalization forever, His Excellency Governor Francis Kimemia has said.
Speaking while delivering his first State of the County Address to the County Assembly of Nyandarua today, Governor Kimemia said the people of Nyandarua spoke loudly last August when they overwhelmingly elected their leaders.
“Our focus is to change our status from the least-developed and poorest County per capita in the former Central Province,” he said.
The Governor said his sights are firmly set on His Excellency President Uhuru Kenyatta’s Big Four agenda of food security, providing affordable housing, affordable health services and manufacturing as the basis for Nyandarua’s transformation.
“Our vision is to be a productive, prosperous, secure and newly-industrialized County that adds value to its citizens and competes effectively in the 21st century,” he said.
The Governor noted that transformation of the residents’ lives to sustainable levels of development will only be possible under an enabling social, economic and political environment.
He reiterated his determination and commitment to fully operationalize his Manifesto, which is based on six key pillars:
1. Good Governance (Peace, Security, Democracy, and Rule of law);
2. Social Sector Development (Education, Health, Culture, Rights, Social Dimension and Services);
3. Infrastructure Development (Water, Irrigation, Sewerage, Energy, Transport and Communication, ICT, Sports, Tourism, and Environment);
4. Financial and Trade Services and Entrepreneurship Development;
5. Agriculture Development, Environmental Conservation; and
6. Investments and Industrialization.
The County head lauded residents for being fully engaged in matters that affect their destiny in tandem with the Constitution.
“Together, we have been able to develop our second County Integrated Development Plan (2018-2022), which flows from my manifesto and feedback received through rigorous public participation,” he said.
Governor Kimemia highlighted gains made by his Administration since last August (see full speech for details, posted separately).