, MOMBASA, Kenya Jan 1 – Deputy President William Ruto has assured Kenyans that the country is on the path to attaining the projected double digit economic growth this New Year.
Ruto who spoke at a church in Mombasa on Wednesday noted that projects under the ministries of agriculture, energy, education and industrialization have already kicked off, with results set to be witnessed soon.
“We are at a unique place where, due to a convergence of various global dynamics, our efforts can generate unprecedented value,” the Deputy President said.
He spoke when he joined worshipers at The Jesus Celebration Centre (JCC) in Mombasa to usher in the New Year.
The Deputy President also identified the one million acre irrigation project as the initial step taken by the Jubilee government to ensure that the country is self sufficient.
He said the country’s power generation was set to go up from the current 1,600 MW to 5,000 MW by 2017 to stimulate industrial development.
‘This will provide the energy to power our double digit economic growth,” he said.
On education, the Deputy President stated that the country’s education curriculum will be reviewed to ensure that the education system is properly adjusted to the nation’s development policies and programs.
He said funds have been set aside to construct new and equip existing technical colleges around the country, with plans to ensure that each constituency will have a technical college.
‘It is against these plans that I asked Kenyans to receive the New Year with goodness and rejoice,” he said, adding that “in it we have the chance to do things better. Let us consecrate the year 2014 and dedicate it to the improvement of ourselves and of our country.”
He acknowledged that insecurity remained a challenge but assured that the government was committed to ensure its development plans are not undermined by insecurity.
On security challenges facing the country, the Deputy President assured Kenyans that the government has is in the process of acquiring modern surveillance and deterrent equipment and technology that will boost the war on crime.
Kenya was faced with numerous challenges last year, including the Westgate terror attack blamed on Al Shabaab militants that left 67 civilians dead.
“We are professionalizing our security personnel and modernizing our transport and response mechanism,” he said.