There was overwhelming joy in Ol’Kalou this afternoon as His Excellency Governor Francis Kimemia received the new contractor for construction of the stalled County Government headquarters.
The previous contractor had commenced construction of the new facilities in March 2017.
With the work initially projected to take a maximum of 104 weeks, the ultra-modern building would have been completed by March 15, 2019.
However, the project is one year behind schedule.
The incoming contractor has undertaken to complete the work within 52 weeks by allocating the first six months to completing the structure and remaining six for finishing.
The contractor’s arrival comes barely a fortnight after a high-powered delegation led by Cabinet Secretary for Interior and Co-ordination of National Government Dr. Fred Matiang’i was dispatched by His Excellency President Uhuru Kenyatta to Nyandarua to jump-start stalled projects.
Alongside Tharaka Nithi, Tana River and West Pokot counties, Nyandarua’s project was envisioned and co-financed with the National Government and the County Government on a 70 per cent and 30 per cent basis respectively to address disparities with other devolved units at the advent of devolution in 2013.
Governor Kimemia assured the new contractor of the availability of funds, adding that his administration will offer every support to ensure that the building is complete on time.
He asked the contractor to employ local people.
“We have our youth who can be useful in this project. Engage them to offer various services,” he said.
The County boss registered his appreciation with the fact that the new contractor is a local, just like the previous contractor.
However, he urged local contractors winning big tenders to ensure that they deliver to avoid giving their compatriots a bad reputation.
The Governor further thanked the President for the attention he has accorded Nyandarua.
“With his support, we will be handing the site for construction of the Ol’Kalou cold storage facility to the contractor on Monday, followed by an official handover of the headquarter project on July 6, 2020,” he said.
Led by the Governor, Nyandarua’s leaders will on the following day also hold consultations with Dr. Matiang’i on handing over of 200 acres of land within the County – which is under the custody of the Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organization – to the Kenya Medical Research Institute and for a potato seed multiplication project.
Governor Kimemia further took a swipe at leaders peddling falsehoods about the state of Nyandarua’s preparedness for COVID-19, noting that he is continuing to secure the undertaking by every County to deliver isolation facilities with the capacity of 310 beds ahead of President Kenyatta’s 30 day-deadline, among other containment measures.
A 13-bed Intensive Care Unit facility at JM Kariuki Memorial Hospital is almost complete, with an allocation of KShs. 200 million in Financial Year 2020/21 to upgrade the facility to referral level and Engineer County Hospital to Level 5.
“Let all leaders work for mwananchi and avoid wrangles of the last government that stalled these projects,” he said.
Echoing his sentiments, Leader of Majority in the County Assembly Hon. Edinald King’ori (North Kinangop Ward) said Wanjiku’s focus is on timely and quality project completion.
Present was acting County Secretary Hon. Stephen Njoroge, who is also the County Executive Committee Member for Education, Gender Affairs, Culture and Social Services.
In attendance were his counterparts Hon. Daniel Wangenye (Transport, Energy and Public Works), Hon. Raphael Njui (Industrialization, Trade and Co-operatives), Hon. Mary Ann Gathigia (Public Administration, Enforcement and Information Communication Technology), Hon. Lawrence Mukundi (Lands, Housing, Physical Planning and Urban Development), Hon. Dominic Murani (Youth, Sports and the Arts) and Hon. Anne Githinji (County Attorney), alongside Chief of Staff Mr. Charles Wachira and Chief Officer for Public Works Mr. Lawrence Gitau.