Governor Waiguru appeals for more road funds

President William Ruto commissions the construction of Ndia link roads in Kirinyaga County as Governor Waiguru looks on. [PCS]

Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru has called for the allocation of more funds for the construction of key roads connecting three constituencies in the county.

Waiguru said construction of the 54km road cutting across Ndia, Kirinyaga Central and Mwea constituencies has been delayed for three years and needs to be fast-tracked to ease the movement of people and agricultural produce from farms.

She appealed for additional funds to speed up construction and reduce the project completion period.

Speaking in Thiguku, Ndia constituency, during the commissioning of the construction of the Sagana-Thiguku, Mururi-Kiumbuini, Kirwara-Kagio and Karaini-Kangaita road by President William Ruto, Waiguru said funds allocated for the project are not adequate.

The governor noted that the Ministry of Roads, Transport and Public Works has allocated Sh200 million out of about Sh2 billion required for the project.

She urged President Ruto to consider increasing the funds to around Sh500 million in the government’s revised budget to allow the contractor to complete the work.

“Your return here to commission the construction of this key road has assured us that construction of roads here in Kirinyaga will be completed,” she said.

The Council of Governors chair said residents still have confidence in the leadership of President Ruto and are optimistic that he will deliver his promises.

Waiguru asked Kenyans to support the President as he works to revive the economy.

Further, she said the National Cereals and Produce Board (NCPB) had run out of the subsidized fertilizer for top dressing and called for restocking.

The governor said that with the ongoing rains, demand for the top-dressing fertilizer is high and a steady supply of the commodity will help farmers to increase production.

“Currently, there is no top-dressing fertilizer at the depot, and farmers urgently need a supply of the commodity, so that they can apply it on their crops,” she said.