County Commissioner Abdullahi Galgalo and Wisley Rotich during the Madaraka day celebrations at St. Peter's Iten

Highlighting his achievements, the Governor cited the opening of more than 97 kilometers of new roads in the county and improving another 340 kilometers of existing roads.

He cited the new Taiya-Kiptengwer, Kipsetan-Kipsero-Kapkanyar, Kendur-Kapsoiyo-Msekekwa and Lemeiwo-Meuno roads as major milestone since it had opened up into the villages thus helping farmers to deliver their produce to markets thereby cutting operation costs.He however warned contractors against applying for multiple projects which has led to stalling of some projects in the past.

He said: “It will now be a requirement that before a contractor embarks on a second project, he or she must first prove completion of previous works. This will ensure we fast track our development as a County and fairness in distribution of County tenders.”

In addressing farmers woes, with the continued drop of maize price owing to sale of cheap imported maize into the country, Governor Tolgos said his administration had ensured farmers were diversifying growing other profitable crops.

As a result, the county has already distributed 30 tonnes of seeds to farmers across the county. Another 100,000 seedlings of avocado, macadamia, mangoes, tea and coffee planted by our farmers across the County owing to promotion of horticultural crops.

Through Equitable Development Act (EDA) funds, he added, dairy farmers across all wards have benefited from Sh16 million used to purchase cows in order to improve milk production.

The county also offered subsidised Artificial Insemination (AI) which has seen more than 19,000 inseminations with success rate of over 80 percent achieved.

“On education, the county has partially sponsored more than 2700 needy students in secondary, colleges and universities at the tune of Sh27 million.178, Early Child Development Education (ECDE) Centres have been established with 800 staff employed,” said the Governor as he enumerated his achievements, “we have also equipped our 11 Vocational Training centres (VTC) with infrastructure and equipment in form of construction of workshops, dormitories and supply of training equipment.”

In his speech, The Governor said he would continue focusing on the improvement of the sector. He said most of the new health facilities constructed in the last term have since been completed, equipped and now operational and plans to ensure that they are accredited by NHIF are underway. Some 2,080 elderly persons of 65 years and above in the NHIF medical scheme which is currently on going.

He singled out Iten County Referral Hospital, citing its news renal unit as well performing adding that it would soon be upgraded to level 6 and be made semi-autonomous in order to increase efficiency. The hospital has five renal unit beds which has reduced the financial strain, suffering and pain of several patients who used to seek dialysis in the neighbouring counties. A CT scan facility will be installed in the coming two months.

He said 45,867 indigenous trees and 9,850 bamboo seedlings have planted to rehabilitate landslide prone and water catchment areas such as Anin, Embobut, Kapchebau, Lelal, Sawi in Soy South,Ainob Iaat in Metkei, Emsoo dam and Sabor.

In matters Trade,Governor Tolgos said  his administration has continued to empower our small scale traders through improvement of market stalls, open air markets and improving sanitation. “We have also assisted groups and individuals acquire training on value addition in collaboration with national government agencies such as the Export Promotion Council,” said Tolgos.