SPEECH BY H.E. HON. DANIEL WAITHAKA MWANGI, GOVERNOR OF NYANDARUA COUNTY DURING THE 52ND MADARAKA DAY CELEBRATIONS- JUNE 1, 2015.
My fellow county-men
Ladies and gentlemen,
I feel greatly honoured today to join you in commemorating the 52nd Madaraka Day celebrations here in Ol’kalou stadium.
First I wish to send my warm greetings to every family in our county and other Kenyans wherever they may be.
This is not the day for long speeches; rather it is a moment to reflect on the gains made by our country Kenya since we attained internal self rule in on June 1, 1963.
As a country, we are happy for the blessings we continue to receive from the Almighty God in all spheres of socio-economic development and pray that we continue to prosper even more in the years ahead.
I wish to emphasise the need for hard work if we expect to realise economic prosperity in line with the dreams and aspirations of our forefathers who sacrificed so much in the fight for political independence.
We must realise as a people that nothing short of working hard will make us achieve economic growth for Nyandarua County and Kenya as a whole.
My administration will continue to work with all elected and community leaders in the implementation of various development projects across the 25 wards in line with the provisions of the County Integrated Development Plan (CIDP) of 2013.
We have undertaken several development projects such as road construction, upgrading health centers, agriculture mechanization, upgrading water systems and construction of ECD classes across the county.
Other reforms have been realised in the dairy and livestock sectors, construction of dams, lighting market centers and general infrastructural growth.
While some projects are completed, others are on-going and we hope to finalise them in line with existing schedules.
We are also undertaking key projects in partnership with the national government and other development partners.
Such projects include tarmacking of key roads, construction of mega dams in Pesi, Malewa and Kinja rivers, provision of AI services to farmers, and construction of a pediatric hospital in JM Kariuki Memorial Hospital.
I also wish to assure the people of southern part of our county that soon the on-going construction of maternity wing in Engineer Hospital will be completed as we expect to finish the project by July this year.
You are also aware that we have launched the construction of Nyandarua County Headquarters and we envisage to begin occupying the new offices shortly.
Similarly the construction of the first ever magistrate court in Ol’kalou is on-going and the court will be launched within a few weeks.
Another significant development is the proposed construction of a High Court in Ol’kalou Town for which the Chief Justice is expected to launch the construction work this month.
I am also happy to inform you the Nyandarua Alcoholic Drinks Control Board is already in operation having been launched two weeks ago.
Please let us support this Board alongside the Sub-county Alcoholic Drinks Regulating Committees to restore sanity among our people who have become victims of excessive drinking.
This is a rare opportunity for us to rehabilitate individuals and especially the youth who have been ruined by alcohol.
Ladies and gentlemen,
I wish to conclude my remarks by thanking each and everybody in this county for giving us support as we carry on with the gigantic task ahead of us.
I wish to particularly appeal to the youths to use all available opportunities to exploit their talents especially in undertaking activities geared towards achieving self-employment.
We have immense opportunities in the co-operative sector, food production and processing, value addition for agricultural products, ICT sector, tourism, sports and trade.
Instead of engaging in unnecessary hostilities in the social media, the youth could tap their energies by exploiting available opportunities in the sectors I have listed above and make the difference.
As we celebrate this Day, let us keep in mind the threat of insecurity posed by terrorist groups that have invaded our country.
I appeal to all of you to support “Nyumba Kumi” initiative by our President, H.E. Hon. Uhuru Kenyatta and please report to police all suspicious elements living among us. I urge you to be vigilant especially when dealing with aliens who visit our homes in the name of hawking household goods and other items.
Once again I wish all of you Happy Madaraka Day celebrations.
Thank you and may God Bless us All. Asante.