Governor Kihika Unveils Gilgil’s Community-led Transformative Development Agenda

Governor Susan Kihika has outlined an ambitious plan to transform underutilized land in Gilgil sub-county into functional and sustainable spaces for economic and social development.

This initiative aligns with the Governor’s emphasis on community involvement in key decision-making processes, aiming to foster a sense of ownership and inclusivity.

Governor Kihika was speaking during a public participation forum in Gilgil Municipality, seeking input to shape development plans that reflect the community’s needs and preferences.

“We are committed to upgrading Gilgil Hospital into a Level 5 facility, providing a comprehensive range of specialized medical care to enhance healthcare services,” she declared.

According to the Governor, the hospital will handle complex medical cases, thereby reducing the necessity for patient referrals to Nakuru Teaching and Referral Hospital.

Furthermore, the Governor disclosed that plans are at an advanced stage for the establishment of a Kenya Medical Training College on the hospital’s 60-acre underutilized land.

“In line with smart growth and resilient urban areas, we are set to launch the construction of 2,000 units under President Ruto’s affordable housing agenda,” she announced.

The housing project, she emphasized, is integral to Gilgil Municipality’s focus on integrated land development and the creation of a resilient urban area for its 200,000-plus residents.

On Saturday, President William Ruto is expected to commission some 605 low-cost units at the Bondeni Affordable Housing Project in Nakuru Town East sub-county.

The project is a joint venture between the State Department for Housing and Urban Development and Kings Sapphire Limited, a subsidiary of the Nakuru-based Royal Group Industries.

“We will continue to partner with the National Government in shaping not just projects but sustainable legacies by fostering an entire development ecosystem,” she affirmed.

Suleiman Mbatia
Author: Suleiman Mbatia

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