Nyandarua County government has set up five construction units under a 5-wards cluster which will be the focal points for infrastructure development,Governor Francis Kimemia has announced.
Governor Kimemia said that the county government had set aside funds for establishment of five fully fledged units equipped with all construction machinery at the grassroots, which will further devolve services closer to the people.
“We want to replicate the Mechanical Transport Fund model at the county by acquiring our own equipment attached at the ward level, in a cluster of five wards, where we intend to reduce the cost of roads construction by close to half since these will be government equipment and owned by the people,” the Governor explained.
Echoing the Governor’s remarks, the County Executive Committee Member for Transport, Energy and Public Works, Hon. Daniel Wangenye, added that requisite budgetary allocations have been made to ensure that these units are operational within the coming financial year.
“The transport department is one of the most heavily funded in the county government in order to reduce costs of projects while ensuring sustainability of our projects. This will ensure that we do not only devolve services closer to the people, but ensure citizens also get value for their money, which is not always possible when dealing with profit-driven private entities,”Wangenye added.
The Governor reiterated his earlier pledge not to honor payments for contracts which did not meet specifications: “Citizens have a right to quality services which are commensurate with their taxes and we have to ensure that we get returns on the amount we put to government projects; that is what accountability is all about.”
Accompanying the Governor were the area Member of the County Assembly Hon. Samuel Mathu and his Shamata counterpart Hon. Reuben Gitau, and the Ol’Kalou sub-county administrator Mungai Kiongo.
Earlier in the morning, Governor Kimemia joined worshippers in Gatimu ward, Oljoroorok, for a thanksgiving service where he encouraged the faithful to rededicate to God.
The county head said that it is rewarding to work for God, and allowing Him to guide you in all decisions one faces in life, including in leadership positions. During the service, the Governor promised to support the church in completion of the roofing which has stalled.
“Let us commit our personal resources to serving God and building houses of worship so that we can help in evangelism and spiritual transformation,” he added.
He was accompanied by the County Executive Committee Member for Sports, Youth and Arts Hon. Dominic Murani.