Nyandarua Residents Told to Give Room For Developmental Projects
The government has called on Nyandarua residents to stop exaggerating value of their land and property when ever they are required to surrender it for development projects.
A senior official from the state department of Econmic Planning Mr David Kiboi said this will pave the for faster initiation of development projects in the area .
Speaking during a consultative forum to inform the Third Medium Term Plan (MTP) 2018-2022 in forging the way forward for the County’s development, planners warned that future projects would be shifted to other affordable areas, leaving the county under developed if the locals continue exaggerating the value of their land to earn more money in form of compensation.
“While we acknowledge that exaggerated values of land has been a hindrance to the government achievement of its developmental dreams, residents have to lessen their greed to allow for future projects,” the planners observed.
Mr Kiboi noted that high and prohibitive cost of land coupled with non-availability of space to start projects has negatively affected the implementation of some key flagship projects in the second MTP that comes to a close this year.
A sizeable number of the residents have surrendered portions of their parcels to the state for the ongoing high voltage power line that traverses the County.
Incoherence between the national and County Government departments was also cited as an impediment to achieving the Nyandarua County Integrated Development Plan (CIDP) of 2013-2017 that borrowed largely from the second MTP.
Executive member for Agriculture Mrs. Agatha Thuo noted that consultation was crucial between the two governments to ensure focus on production, marketing and quality standards is achieved.
A section of the residents urged county officials present to prioritize development in Nyandarua’s West and North Sub Counties, noting that the areas lagged behind in health, water and sanitation as well as infrastructural development.
“Some of the roads are poorly done. Quality is what we are advocating for and in a matter of time, our areas will be well connected,” said Paul Murungaru of Shamata Ward.
The residents felt that though the County ‘lacked’ a headquarter, priority should be to creating economic zones, industrialization for value addition, opening up its interiors and improving accessibility to health care, as opposed to putting up impressive buildings to host the County chiefs.
By Anne Sabuni