Nyandarua Governor H.E. Daniel Waithaka Mwangi has unveiled multi-million shillings projects in Geta ward, including a Sh10.5 million maternity wards in Kiambogo dispensary.
Speaking during an inspection tour of development projects in Geta Ward, Kipipiri sub-county, the Governor also unveiled the construction of a Sh5.8 million Kanjogu bridge that links Kiambogo and Geta locations.
Accompanied by area MCA Hon. John Githinji, the Governor said the construction of Kanjangiri bridge will be completed by December this year while the maternity wards at Kiambogo will be completed by September this year.
The Governor also toured several schools where his administration has put up ECD classes and inspected tens of kilometers of roads that have been opened and graded by his administration.
Hundreds of area residents turned up to greet the Governor and his entourage that included County Executives, Hon. Agatha Thuo (Agriculture), Hon. Charles Chiuri (Roads), Hon. Gitau Thabanja (Lands), Hon. Peter Gathimba (Tourism and sports), and Hon. Peter Macharia (Education).
Some of the roads the Governor inspected are currently under construction and heavy equipment are on site, something that have excited residents- many of who have never seen grading of roads since independence.
The Governor addressed parents and teachers at Marimu and Ngatho Primary Schools and toured a honey processing premises, a milk-cooling plant, and a cattle dip and a fertilizer depot- all put up by his administration in partnership with local residents.
Later while addressing thousands of area residents in Geta town in the evening after inspecting a bus park, bodaboda shades, and flood-mast projects in the town, the Governor urged them to redouble their efforts in agriculture.
“We have already launched the construction of a pack-house and a cold store in Ol’Kalou town- the first ever in this county- and I trust you will supply it with horticultural produce to enable you reap heavily from tour sweat,” he said,.
He said the Sh150 million plant in Ol’Kalou will be completed in a few months time saying it will give farmers an rare opportunity to grade their produce and store it in hygienic conditions before it is marketed.
“We have a rare opportunity to store our produce in hygienic conditions and negotiate for better prices from buyers and I believe the time for brokers who thrive on exploiting farmers is gone,” he said.
Residents who spoke during the meeting said commended the government for opening up roads and putting up other infrastructure saying the area had lagged behind in development for many years.
“Since independence, many of our children have never seen graders and other road equipment because our roads were never graded. We are very grateful because we have now started enjoying the fruits if devolution,” Hon. Githinji said.
The Governor promised to put up two more ECD classes in Kanduma and Geta and erect a floodmast in Kiambogo town and other upcoming market centers in the area.
He said the County government has so far constructed 80 ECD classes across the county during the past two years and disbursed over Sh130 million in bursary funds. Another 75 classes will be put up during the 2015/16 period, he said.
He said Sh65 million earmarked for bursary during 2014/15 will be disbursed before end of this month, and attributed the delays in releasing the money legal handles that have since been solved.
The Governor commended residents for taking steps to eradicate the second generation brews in line with the calls by President Uhuru Kenyatta and urged them not to relent until all harmful brews were totally eradicated from the market.