Kirinyaga County has built a modern retail market at Ngaru, Kirinyaga Central Sub County.
The Sh47 million facility will accommodate 150 traders with additional stalls, which will increase the number to 200 traders.
Kirinyaga Governor, Ann Waiguru, said the project, which began early this year, is one of the projects aimed at improving all local towns within the County.
“We are in the process of renovating our local towns to standards like our headquarters Kerugoya and others like Kagio, “Governor Waiguru said.
She revealed that all open-air markets will be expanded to accommodate the surging number of traders in the markets, hence the construction of new ones.
“Our open air markets will be improved especially expanding them to meet guidelines of Ministry of Health on Covid-19, you know social distancing requires more space, “Waiguru added.
The market will serve as a wholesale source for bananas, avocadoes, sukuma wiki and cabbages which are produced within Kirinyaga central sub county and neighboring Sub-Counties.
The market is of the first kind in the area and the traders who have been selling their products along the roads will be well accommodated within the market.
Governor Waiguru further announced the revival of the stalled Ngaru health Centre. The Health facility had stalled for nine years since it was started by the area Constituency Development Fund in 2012.
The Governor said her administration in collaboration with the National government will build a one-storey maternity block at the health centre to ensure better maternal services in the area.
“We are going to complete this health centre as soon as possible,” She said
The governor was accompanied by Principal Secretary State Department of Public Works Paul Maringa who had earlier handed over a new ECDE constructed by alumni of Ngaru Primary School to the County Government.
Waiguru lauded the school alumni for initiating different projects in the school, and requested other members of society to emulate the move as a way of giving back to the community.
The governor went on to pledge to support development for secondary education institutions in the County to improve academic performance that will see 100 percent transition to university.
During the event at Ngaru Primary School grounds the county government delivered 2000 sanitary pads to Ngaru girls’ secondary school.
By Mutai Kipngetich