ICT to Champion Nyandarua Urbanization

Information Communication Technology development will be key in urbanizing Nyandarua County.

In an ambitious plan that expires in 2026, the county hopes to have all the five Sub Counties’ major towns connected with fiber-optic even as it embarks on setting a university on its soils.

In the spatial plan presented to Governor Francis Kimemia on Friday by the Department of Lands, Housing and Urban Planning, the devolved unit shall also focus on enhancing its human resources, and address water problems as well as garbage sites that have in the past been an issue.

This plan will realise Nyandarua’s urbanization in line with Kenya’s Vision 2030. Land allocation issues coupled with alternative energy source projects have been captured for a productive future.

Major natural resources have also been outlined for proper utilization to benefit the county’s residents and help in growth of the county government’s annual revenue in returns, the Governor said.

For decades, Nyandarua’s resources have been channeled towards the development of Nyahururu town that lies in Laikipia County, where its headquarters were mainly based.

Devolution, coupled with the National Government’s equalization funds to set up the headquarters at Ol Kalou town, necessitates the planning.

The planning also comes on the wake of the establishment of Nyandarua’s first university at Agriculture Training Center (ATC) in Ol Joro-orok and Ol Kalou townships. Satellite campuses were expected in each of Nyandarua’s five sub-counties.

The first batch of students is set to start enrollment early next year following talks between the Governor and a technical team last month.

The University of Nairobi will spearhead the startup of the institution given its rich intellectual tradition, said Governor Kimemia during the meeting.

Source: Kenya News Agency