The County Government will ensure equitable distribution of flagship projects across Nyandarua, His Excellency Governor Francis Kimemia has said.
Speaking while closing a validation session for the County’s second County Integrated Development Plan (2018-2022) at Rurii PCEA Hall in Rurii Ward, Ol’Kalou Sub-County, Governor Kimemia said his administration is committed to ending internal marginalization.
He assured the audience that only priorities identified at the Ward level since the process began last August and during his numerous pre-election campaign visits will be incorporated into the validated draft.
He thanked members of the public for taking time from their busy schedules to be part of the process.
“You have made the CIDP our joint manifesto, even when consensus has sometimes seemed to elude us. This is the blueprint my Government will work with going forward,” he said.
The Governor said residents must dream big for the county.
“True, the amount of money required to transform this county is astronomical as Nyandarua has been a forgotten County. Luckily, we have a lot of goodwill from private investors who are ready to put their money in our county. They only require an enabling environment from us,” he said.
The National Government has also promised support in improving the County’s road networks, universal health care, electrification programmes, and education, among other sectors.
Some of the projects earmarked include construction of Malewa Dam, the Malewa Dam Water Supply Project, Pesi Dam, Kinja Dam, Kwa Njora Water Pan, Ol’Kalou Town Sewerage Project, among others.
“In addition, Ksh. 2 billion has been factored in this year’s budget to complete a potato processing factory in the County,” he said.
In the wake of a rising outbreak of fires, Governor Kimemia said firefighting equipment will be deployed in every Sub-County.
“My government will today give a small token to those who were affected here in Rurii town in September last year. Similar assistance will be extended to those from Kanyagia Township whose structures were razed down on Friday, but we must think long-term,” he said.
Sub-County and Ward administrators’ roles will be enhanced to coordinate disaster management and other functions of the County Government.
“I am pleased that the department responsible for roads has taken the initiative of devolving its operations and, in the Supplementary Budget, provided for a tipper lorry for every sub county. We will also buy ambulances for every ward,” he said.
The Governor further directed the County Executive Committee member in charge of Transport, Energy and Public Works Hon. (Eng.) Stephen Mbugua to immediately advertise for roads improvement tenders and ensure that no part of Nyandarua becomes inaccessible because of the rains expected at the end of the month of March.
The session began with the audience standing up to honour nine County residents from Kiboya village, Ndaragwa Sub-County, who perished in an accident along the Nyeri-Nyahururu highway last Tuesday.
“The families have informed me that they intend to have a joint interdenominational prayer service for their loved ones on Tuesday, 16th January 2018 at Ngai Ndeithia Secondary School grounds in Leshau Pondo Ward,” said the Governor.
The County Government has met the cost of coffins, hearses, radio announcements and postmortems.
It has also paid bills of those cleared from hospital.