Residents of Nyandarua County today celebrated World Environment Day in style when His Excellency Governor Francis Kimemia led them in reclaiming Nyakanja water project in Gatimu Ward, Ol’Jororok Sub-County.
A dubious board had paralyzed water connectivity in the area for several years.
Governor Kimemia donated Kshs. 1.03 million to clear outstanding fees towards the Water Resources Management Board (WARMA) and utility firm Kenya Power, both of which had accumulated over time.
“In a week’s time, water shall be provided to all residents within this area as I ensure promises given to County residents on water connectivity are fulfilled,” he said.
Four contractors, all of them residents of the area, have been awarded contracts for engineering works and rehabilitation of the project.
They received their letters of commencement today after successful bidding.
Governor Kimemia asked County residents to protect the environment by upholding the plastics ban, in place nationwide since last year.
He further noted that reforestation of Lake Ol’Bollosat and eviction of encroachers will improve Nyandarua’s ecosystem.
The Governor, whose vision is to plant 10 million trees within five years, said that 1.5 million trees have already been planted in 25 public schools across Nyandarua.
“Our aim is not only to green the lake, but also generate revenue from tourism. I am directing the relevant department to promote water sports and hospitality facilities to renew the area,” he said.
The Department of Water, Environment, Tourism and Natural Resources is also expected to secure funds to fence Ol’Bollosat forest, to safeguard ongoing conservation efforts.
The County boss said youth will be supported to plant tree seedlings that will feed Nyandarua’s reforestation initiatives.
“We also have a programme to give our youths water packaging equipment that will help them brand their mineral water to sell and earn a living,” he said.
At the same time, the Governor warned that the rate of suicides and idleness due to university students lacking fees has gone up.
Assuring that no drop outs will be reported in the County again, Governor Kimemia asked that all such cases be forwarded to his office for consideration.
Efforts to modernize major towns and upgrade social amenities to meet the needs of a growing, youthful population are also underway, with the support of the National Government and the World Bank.