Trans Nzoia County Governor George Natembeya has pledged to closely work with the National Government in order to fast track the county’s economic growth and development for benefit of locals.
Governor Natembeya made the pronouncement in an early morning radio talk show in one of the local FM stations on Wednesday.
Natembeya informed the public the national government had launched several infrastructural projects in the County, hence the need for the two levels of government to work as a unit.
“With election politics behind us and to ensure Trans Nzoia County receive maximum benefit from the national government, I have appealed to elected leaders to put aside individual political party affiliation,” said the former Rift Valley Regional Commissioner.
“I only have one agenda, that’s developing my county and ensuring that the living standards of our people are up scaled. For that reason, I am ready to work hand in hand with the national government and other leaders. I want to see that we change the story of Trans Nzoia, for the better,” he added.
With the Head of State Dr. William Ruto set to be in the County this Friday, Natembeya disclosed his administration had planned to table before him a number of development issues to be addressed by the national government.
The County boss identified construction of roads, the squatters’ problem and issuance of land title deeds as some of the issues his government pleads for urgent help to address.
On health services, the governor revealed he had already initiated talks with the national government aimed at seeing the newly commissioned Kitale County Referral Hospital fully installed with medical equipment, drugs and non-pharmaceutical
According to the County boss, the referral facility requires medical equipment worth Sh. 2 billion, an amount he noted was beyond the county’s ability.
He further revealed his administration was in talks with the national government to have public university, which will majorly focus on agriculture tailed courses, established in the County.
Natembeya envisaged the presence of such kind of higher learning institution would not only help boost the county’s status in terms of higher education, but more importantly create more economic opportunities agriculture sector.
With the county endowed with two water towers, Mount. Elgon and Cherangany Hills, the Governor promised to seek the President’s support to enable the locals benefit from clean piped water as well as adequate water for irrigation activities.
With construction of the Suam One Stop Border Post almost complete, Natembeya hailed the African Development Bank and national government funded project, which he observed will boost cross-border trade between Kenya and Southern Sudan.
“I will request the President for allocation of more land for what will be known as Suam town,” he remarked.
By Maurice Aluda