By Our Correspondent
Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru has called for increased funding for the construction of one of the key roads connecting three constituencies in the county.
Waiguru said commencement of construction of the 54-kilometer road cutting across Ndia, Kirinyaga Central and Mwea constituencies has delayed for three years and needs to be fast tracked to ease movement of people and agriculture produce from farms.
She said additional funds will help speed up construction and reduce project completion period.
Speaking at Thiguku area in Ndia constituency during the commissioning of the construction of the Sagana-Thiguku, Mururi-Kiumbuini, Kirwara-Kagio and Karaini-Kangaita road by President William Ruto on Saturday, Waiguru said funds provided to start the work are not adequate.
The governor said the Ministry of Roads, Transport and Public Works has allocated KSh200 million out of about KSh2 billion required for the project.
She urged President Ruto to consider increasing the funds to around KSh.500 million in the government’s revised budget so that the contractor can complete the work in shortest time possible.
“Your return here to commission construction of this key road has given us an assurance that construction of roads here in Kirinyaga will be completed,” she said.
The Council of Governors (COG) chair said residents of Kirinyaga still have confidence in leadership of President Ruto and are optimistic that he will deliver all his promises.
Waiguru asked Kenyans to give the President unwavering support as he works towards revival of the economy.
Further, the governor said the National Cereals and Produce Board (NCPB) had run out of the subsidized fertilizer for top dressing and called for urgent restocking.
She said that with the ongoing rains, demand for the top-dressing fertilizer is high, adding that a steady supply of the commodity will help farmers increase production.
“Currently there is no top-dressing fertilizer at the depot and farmers urgently needs supply of the commodity so that they can apply on their crop,” she said.
The governor also called for government’s intervention to ensure dairy farmers benefit from milk production.
She decried that milk processing factories are buying the product from farmers at very low price.