The County Government will soon embark on massive reforestation of Lake Bolossat, His Excellency Governor Francis Kimemia has said.
The move follows successful celebrations to commemorate the World Wetlands Day, held in Nyandarua on February 2, 2018.
The lake has been gazetted as a Wetlands Protected Area, with title deeds in the affected area effectively cancelled.
People illegally occupying the land around the water body and its catchment area are expected to vacate within 90 days of the Gazette Notice or be forcefully evicted.
Speaking after a County Executive Committee meeting in Ol’Kalou today, Governor Kimemia said he will follow up with the Attorney General’s office to ensure that the Gazettement is published in the official Kenya Gazette.
“Plans are in place to fence and introduce tourism-related activities in the lake,” he said.
Non-governmental organizations and conservation support groups have been included in the County Government’s most extensive effort yet to conserve the endangered lake.
“Towards this end, a working committee that comprises of County Executive Committee members and Chief Officers has been appointed to ensure actualization of all the resolutions and pronouncements made on revival of Lake Ol Bolossat,” said Governor Kimemia.
And following approval of the first Supplementary Budget for the 2017/18 Financial Year and adoption by the County Executive Committee of the County Integrated Development Plan (CIDP), Governor Kimemia announced that County Departments have prepared work plans towards achievement of his campaign manifesto pillars on good governance; social sector development; infrastructural development; finance and trade services; agriculture development; and industrialization.
The plans outline ward, project name, description of activities, performance indicators, budgeted amount, target group, procurement method, expected date of completion, and expected impact.
“The work plans will generate the performance contracting for county departments and aid in creation of procurement planning for the programmes,” he said.
In an effort to empower farmers and ensure optimal production, Governor Kimemia noted that the County Government has budgeted for provision of 6,000 bags of subsidized fertilizer and seeds for planting.
“Both will be supplied and delivered in a well-structured way to ensure identified farmers in every corner of the County are reached,” he said.
The County head also said Nyandarua may adopt a crash programme to ensure its budget estimates for the 2018/19 Financial Year are submitted and approved within legal deadlines.
The County Executive Committee also resolved to reorganize County Government structures to improve on efficiency and effectiveness in service delivery.