From the moment we set out on a voyage of transformative leadership, I have continued to reaffirm my commitment to strengthening our capacity to deliver quality and accessible services to the people of Nyeri.
This is only possible through an accessible and accountable government. Together we have achieved some very specific and tangible transformative development goals that are visible when you walk through our streets and villages all over the county, across the eight sub-counties ; Nyeri Central, Kieni East, Kieni West, Mathira East, Mathira West, Mukurwe-ini, Tetu, Othaya.
While taking stock of our notable progress this year, we are grateful that we emerged at the top of the World Bank Kenya Devolution Support Program that evaluated us on financial integrity and accountability among other parameters. We moved from position two last year in 2019 to position one this year and received Kshs. 184 Million as a reward for excellence. This is a testament to our zeal, team effort, dedication, resilience and commitment. This is our shared success as the people of Nyeri because it has brought improved service delivery and financial rewards to our county.
These funds have helped us to set up one of our flagship projects; Naromoru Level 4 Hospital in Kieni East sub county, which is in the completion stage with a 175-bed capacity.
On another front, Nyeri was awarded Kshs. 236 Million by the Kenya Urban Support Program (KUSP). Through this funding, we have put up a state-of-the-art Modern Bus Termini in Nyeri town. This facility will decongest town and create new opportunities for businesses with over 1000 stalls, an ICT Hub and decent space for mechanics and truckers to do their business. This is in line with our dream of making Nyeri town a magnificent city to increase our tourist numbers and build a thriving local economy. The project is 90% complete. We intend to commission these two flagship projects in the course of this year.
This past year has been a tough year that has tested our resilience and mettle but like the phoenix, we shall rise again from the ashes and declare victory upon Nyeri and its great people. We have been severely tested due to the global Covid-19 pandemic but our trajectory this far fills us with hope that a brighter future lies ahead. Our resilience and commitment is the beacon that illuminates our path towards greater accomplishments for the people of Nyeri. We remain anchored in our desire to transform lives and create a greater, mightier Nyeri for us all.
We are modeling the most comprehensive Post Covid Economic Recovery plan that is all encompassing. Our priority remains creating an enabling environment for economic growth and job creation, providing quality services to citizens and serving the residents in an accountable and transparent fashion. We have witnessed amazing collaboration and support from development partners and the business community. We reiterate our commitment to the people of Nyeri.
We have taken this Coronavirus challenge positively to do a critical analysis and overhaul of our health sector as an inter-connected system.
Naromoru Hospital will be a game changer in our health strategy. It will heavily decongest our Nyeri Referral Hospital because it will provide services to a huge unserved population.
Economic empowerment has remained our key priority since inception. We have delivered a superior infrastructure that is a growth catalyst in Nyeri county. The investment in the rural roads is meant to ensure that each citizen is properly networked at the ward level. This is an economic boost to guarantee that agricultural products get to the market in good time. Secondly, we are giving a facelift to our towns including the tarmacking of our major county roads and bus parks. This initiative will reduce congestion and create a conducive environment for traders.
My office remains open to the public and I value your feedback immensely because you are a key stakeholder whom together, we shall scale even greater heights for a better Nyeri for us all.
Through this website, we will give you an insight into the work that all our 10 departments have rolled out in line with our agenda of sustainable economic transformation.