The Kiambu Governor, Dr. James Nyoro has commended the World Bank team for its technical support towards the construction of roads and other public utilities in the county.
Nyoro appreciated the international lender for the aid saying it has gone a long way in opening up the road network in Kiambu County.
The Governor made these remarks on Monday when he launched Municipality road projects namely the 2-km Riabai Shopping centre access road and the 1.5-km Ndumberi-Don Bosco –Githiga road.
The two access roads are being funded by the World Bank under the Kenya Urban Support Programme.
Both projects will also entail the installation of 70 integrated solar lights, drainage and footpaths, which will enable traders run their businesses for longer hours without fear of being mugged or their merchandise getting stolen.
Speaking at the Riabai trading centre, the Governor noted that improvement and maintenance of the existing road network would also benefit community through easing access to social and health services, education and market services.
“Road users across Kiambu County will benefit from the improvement in road upgrading and maintenance through lesser travelling hours and reduced vehicle operating costs,” said Dr. Nyoro.
Dr. Nyoro further regretted the agony brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic which has ravaged countries worldwide.
He said the Kiambu County Assembly would present a supplementary budget for consideration with the objective of supporting individuals retrenched after the pandemic with seed money to resume their social-economic ventures.
Remarking on shut down stalls at the trading centre, Nyoro said many people who eked a livelihood through working in saloons, barber shops or eateries lost their jobs after the containment measures put in place by the Government to curb Covid-19.
“These people should be supported so that they can resume their small enterprises with strict adherence to health protocols to contain any further infections,” he noted while assuring them of a better future free of politics.
He promised to prevail on banking institutions to offer friendly loans to people who wished to access money and set themselves up in business which will also absorb more people and spur development.
Among those who attended the launch, included deputy governor,Joyce Wanjiku Ngugi area MCA’s, Hezron Gachui and Kimani Ranji Kamaguru and the CEC Physical Planning, Samuel Mugo.
By Lydia Shiloya