County Governments asked to embrace Integrated Development Programs
Misuse of the tax payers’ money by officials both at National and County governments has been singled out as one of the major challenges slowing down the country’s economic growth and development pace.
Hence, County Governments have been urged to prudently spend funds from the National Treasury to help the country realise Vision 2030.
The call was made by Principal Secretary (PS) for State Department of Broadcasting and Telecommunications, Sammy Itemere in Mbale Town,
Vihiga County where he addressed participants at the Third Medium Term Plan (MTP) 2018-2022 on Monday.
“Public servants, especially in County Governments have misused public funds due to lack of proper guidance on investment opportunities,” Itemere remarked.
As the National Government prepares to launch the MTP III later in the year, the PS revealed that the Ministry of Devolution and Planning decided to engage stakeholders at grassroots in all 47 counties to enable devolved units properly align their County Integrated Development Programs (CIDPs) with the same.
“All CIDPs should be aligned to the MTPs for ease of management of development resources by both two levels of government,” stated Itemere.
While underlining key developments projects that have been implemented by the Jubilee Administration within the last four years, Itemere noted that most county governments were yet to implement important projects under devolved sectors in line with the Vision 2030 blueprint.
The PS identified the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) phase one, successful piloting of Digital Literacy Programme (DLP), connection of electricity to over four million households, construction and rehabilitation of thousand kilometres of road network and ‘One Stop’ service delivery Huduma Centres that offer 66 government services as some of the success stories among the national government’s Vision 2030 deliverables.
In addition, he pointed out the Galana Maize Irrigation Project in Kwale County and increase in recruitment and training of security officers as being among the milestone accomplishments supervised by the current government.
“Completion of construction of 472 Km of the Standard Gauge Railway, which connects Mombasa and Nairobi cities would significantly transform the transport sector in ways never before witnessed in Kenya,” noted the PS.
He said the modern railway would not only decongest roads as well as save costs in road maintenance, but more significantly it would increase employment opportunities.
The PS praised the Jubilee government for successful implementation of the devolved structure of government as promised during the Second Medium Term Plan which covered the period 2013 to 2016, notwithstanding accompanied challenges.
Itemere urged Vihiga County government officials to embrace public participation in order to identify viable CIDPs, which would go a long way in addressing economic, social and political challenges facing the region.
“For instance, I understand the scarcity of land among the major challenges faced by people living in Vihiga County. Hence, there is need to come up with development projects capable of utilizing the strained land resource in order to spur economic growth,” Itemere told the well-attended forum.
The Deputy Governor, Caleb Amaswache led officials of the County Government at the one day forum, while Vihiga County Commissioner (CC) Mrs. Pauline led officers from the National Government.
By Maurice Aluda