Laikipia County Governor Ndiritu Muriithi has launched an ambitious program that seeks to attract both local and foreign investment to the county.
Speaking during the first ever Laikipia County Investment forum, Ndiritu said the initiative is part of his administration plan that seeks to transform the fortunes of a region that whose prospects have been blighted by inter-communal conflicts.
Laikipia County has in the past suffered from the adverse effects of social ills that have included cattle rustling, a situation that has left those residing in the area on edge.
But the fortunes of the erstwhile hostile county appear to have assumed an upward trajectory thanks to the inception of devolution.
The progress was evident as Laikipia County government held its first ever County Development and Investment Forum.
Speaking during the event, Muriithi expressed gratitude for the support of the national government and development partners to fund peace building and development programs which he says remains critical in addressing the root causes of poverty and insecurity.
Nderitu said that his administration remains on course on its agenda of creating jobs that will in turn raise the minimum daily household income for each family to 600 shillings.
About 104 local and international firms have confirmed their interest to invest in the county, with many eyeing opportunities in renewable energy.