Nandi Governor Stephen Sang has given his second address on the state of the County at the County Assembly of Nandi affirming that his administration has made huge strides in the transformational agenda. Speaking during his address, Governor Sang said it’s his duty under Section 30(2) of the County Government Act to report to the County Assembly on the status of the County over the last one year thus highlighting some of the major projects done and accomplished during this period.
The Governor highlighted a number of mega projects his government has been able to do since his term commencement, with the agriculture and health dockets being the main beneficiaries. He said that he inherited a government that had critical challenges which required urgent attention including the dysfunctional health care system, non-motorable roads, poor work ethics and customer service among other challenges but as a government, they’ve managed to lay a firm foundation to deal with these issues.
Governor Sang said agriculture is the backbone of the economy, thus, his administration has made tremendous achievements with a number of projects initiated focusing on livestock and crop farming to enhance food security. This includes installation of 41 milk coolers across the County, 44 fully equipped motorcycles used by Animal Health Assistants who double up as Artificial Inseminators and a multi-million fish hatchery. The County government has also distributed over 9,000 coffee seedlings so far and offered capacity building to farmers on marketing strategies, financing, trading export logistics and market intelligence.
In the health sector, Governor Sang said his administration has transformed the docket by equipping two hospitals, Nandi Hills level four and Kapsabet Referral through a steady supply of drugs and non-pharmaceuticals to all health facilities across Nandi. This has been made possible due to the timely clearance of bills owed to KEMSA. He said 10 dispensaries have also been renovated and plans are underway this financial year to renovate and equip over 90 primary health facilities including dispensaries and health centres.
In the education sector, he said the County administration is putting in place concrete measures in ECDEs to ensure that children in the County get the right foundation in Early Childhood Education. He further said they’ve renewed the contracts of 767 teachers with new three year contracts and that a draft scheme of service is in place waiting for approval from the Teachers Service Commission (TSC), and if approved the County will adhere to the proposed new terms. Other achievements include distribution of bursary funds to students in Secondary, Colleges, Universities, Tertiary Institutions and Special Needs Category, setting to complete the construction of VTCs that have been neglected among others.