Uasin Gishu Governor Jackson Mandago yesterday marked one year since he took office with a promise to fulfill electoral promises he made to the residents.
With his deputy Daniel Chemno, Mandago said he has faced several challenges, including slow pace of establishing new structures for his office, but he is ready to roll out development projects for his county.
"I have laid ground for real work; 2014 is the year in which I plan to make or break," said Mandago as he cut a cake in his office. He said his administration will focus on key areas of development such as roads, agriculture and health sectors.
"We want to open up all roads, especially in the rural areas, where farmers and other traders should be able to easily move to or from markets," said the governor.
Mandago said during the last one year, he has been able to remove street children from Eldoret town and improved security. He said his administration has started to put in place structures to ease trade and enhance service delivery.
"We have improved the attitude of our staff towards their duties and now they are very dedicated to their work and they are contributing a lot to the achievement of our goals," he said.
Mandago said cases of corruption have come down in the county. He assured workers that their jobs are secure as long as they deliver services to the residents.
On healthcare, he said the county government will build six subcounty hospitals, to be upgraded to Level Five hospitals.
"We want healthcare services brought closer to our people and that is why we are building new facilities. We plan to buy new ambulances," Mandago said.
On agriculture, he said farmers will be trained on new methods of farming to enable them diversify agricultural activities from growing cereals to horticulture and dairy farming.
County executives Mary Njogu (Environment), Phillip Melly (Trade) and Enock Mugei (Education) were present.