Nakuru County emerged as a shining star on the grand stage of the Devolution Conference 2023. Held with great enthusiasm in Eldoret town, Uasin Gishu county, from 15th -19th August 2023, this prestigious event bore witness to Nakuru County’s remarkable achievements that left an indelible mark on the landscape of regional development.
Commemorating a Decade of Devolution
Nakuru County’s devolution odyssey stands as a testament to the efficacy of decentralized governance. For ten years, the county has harnessed the potential of devolved administration to tackle its unique challenges and prospects. The Devolution Conference 2023, themed “A Decade of Devolution: From Past to Future,” provides an opportunity to reflect on Nakuru’s milestones and victories that have not just elevated the county but have also set a roadmap for others to follow.
Considering Nakuru’s significant achievements, take a look at these remarkable milestones:
Transforming Healthcare Infrastructure
A hallmark of Nakuru County’s success story lies in its revolutionary approach to healthcare. The enactment of the Facility Improvement Fund (FIF) policy has ushered in a new era of healthcare infrastructure, fortifying the Primary Healthcare paradigm. This ingenious move has been augmented by the pivotal role of Community Health Promoters, bridging the chasm between the community and healthcare centers. Nakuru County’s commitment to augmenting healthcare access sets an inspiring precedent for other regions to emulate.
Trailblazing Sustainability: The Zero Waste Initiative
Nakuru County has embraced sustainability through its pioneering “Zero Waste” initiative. This forward-looking endeavor has ingeniously metamorphosed waste into valuable resources, catapulting Nakuru to the forefront of sustainable practices. By tackling waste management and environmental conservation, the county has not just elevated its quality of life but has also underscored the vitality of prudent resource usage for posterity.
Empowering Communities through Technology
Nakuru County has embraced technology, empowering citizens with smart home and mobile advancements.
The Nakuru Farmers Call Centre elevates agriculture through virtual farmer assistance, highlighting the county’s commitment to technological progress and agricultural excellence.
Economic Flourishing: A Nexus of Trade and Investment
Nakuru County’s economic trajectory is an inspiring saga of triumph. Over the past decade, the county has attracted an astounding Kshs. 50 billion in investment turnover. This inflow of investment has spurred economic diversification, from manufacturing to micro-industries. Nakuru’s economic dynamism, coupled with its strategic positioning, has solidified it as a thriving hub of trade and opportunity.
Fostering Tomorrow: Education and Innovation
Under the sagacious stewardship of H.E. Governor Susan Kihika, Nakuru County’s dedication to education and innovation remains unswerving. Vocational training centers have emerged as crucibles of innovation, garnering accolades for their transformative ventures. Particularly notable, the solar water level control system devised by Njoro vocational training center epitomizes the county’s commitment to sustainability. Additionally, Nakuru’s foray into glass recycling underscores its holistic approach to tackling environmental and waste management challenges.
Value Chain Enhancement: Pyrethrum Renaissance Program
In its pursuit of progress, Nakuru County has embarked on a journey of value chain enhancement. The pyrethrum renaissance program exemplifies this evolution from cultivation to value-added processes. Through ingenious value chain strategies, Nakuru has revitalized pyrethrum products, enhancing their caliber and spurring economic growth. This transition underscores the county’s adaptability and dedication to crafting sustainable economic paradigms.
Visionary Leadership: Pioneering the Path to Triumph
Central to Nakuru County’s illustrious journey is the visionary leadership of H.E. Governor Susan Kihika. Her dedication to agriculture, value addition, and economic empowerment has propelled Nakuru to unparalleled heights. The establishment of the Meeting Incentives for Conferences and Exhibitions (MICE) facility reflects the county’s evolution into a conference destination adhering to global standards. Governor Kihika’s leadership has not just transformed Nakuru but has also kindled the fire of innovation in other regions to embrace progressive governance.
As Nakuru County’s delegation took part in the Devolution Conference 2023, the tale of its 10-year devolution sojourn stands as a source of inspiration for all. Nakuru’s unwavering commitment to progress, innovation, and sustainable growth serves as a model for counties across Kenya. From healthcare to technology, sustainability to economic prosperity, Nakuru County has demonstrated the realm of possibilities unlocked through effective devolution. It’s a narrative of visionary leadership, community empowerment, and limitless opportunities—a story that continues to unfold, inspiring all fortunate enough to bear witness.
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