Nairobi Governor Johnson Sakaja is still optimistic about the eventual success of his plan for the city amid poor performance rankings by some pollsters.
Through his social media account, Sakaja on Saturday, September 16, 2023, leaned into the accomplishments of his first year in office while seemingly revving up his attacks on the some opinion polls making rounds online.
The county boss put the spotlight on better-than-expected performance and efforts to boast healthcare services, historic revenue collection, investments in schools and roads as well as progress on reducing unemployment while still noting more work needs to be done.
He insisted that an opinion poll that recently ranked him among the worst performing governors was oblivious to his success and draws contrasts from what has been happening on the ground.
"I see such ratings and laugh. Who did the ranking and what were the metrics?" he quipped.
"Nairobi has collected the highest revenue in 5 years, paid 7,640 Community Health Volunteers (CHVs) monthly from August last year, and built its first ICU, 2nd renal unit, 1st NICU ever," Sakaja wrote.
"We have employed 2,500 Green Army, built 10 kitchens to feed 250k children already 88k on-boarded, tarmacked roads, put up street lights, issued bursaries and scholarships worth Ksh1B (compared to Ksh3B in 10 years) bursaries issued every school term now for the first time, increased ward based projects to Ksh23 million per ward from 17, building markets and restarted projects stalled for the last 6 years."
Sakaja further listed projects his administration has worked on including previously stalled works.
"Nairobi has reconstituted all hospital boards and employed CEOs for all Level 5 hospitals, paid legacy KEMSA debt (Ksh185million) and restored supplies to all facilities Ksh244million, completion of stalled stadia (Dandora) and commenced works on city stadium, Woodley, Mwiki etc., We have awarded PPP Waste to Energy (45MW) dandora, completing water projects to add 140million litres per day plus secured funding (€100million) for Northern collector 2 and Maragua 4 to add an additional 220 million litres to the people; the list is endless."
Sakaja noted that his campaign pledges to Nairobians will be fulfilled gradually as time goes on.
"In one year; na bado... high-sounding headlines are incongruent with what the ground is like. Obviously, not everything is done in 12 months, but inawork, this year will be a whole new level," he pledged.