By James Anyanzwa and Macharia Kamau
This comes just one month after the Government announced its first oil discovery in Ngamia-1 exploration well on Block 10BB, in the Turkana County.
According to the Budgetary estimates for the 2012/203 financial year tabled in Parliament late Thursday, the minister allocated Sh77.2 billion to the Energy sector, which represents 18 per cent (Sh11.5 billion) increase from Sh65.7 billion allotted during the 2011/2012 financial year.
Githae is hoping to present a trillion shillings spending plan for the next financial year, the first under the devolved system of government.
But this is subject to approval of the estimates by the parliamentarians in accordance with the new constitution.
The bulk of the cash (Sh1 trillion) will go towards financing Government operations, while Sh451.68 billion will be reserved for development.
The lionâs share of development spending will go to the roads sector, which takes Sh95.6 billion for road maintenance and development.
Energy is among the sectors that have been allocated huge amounts, with the others being education, notably the Teachers Service Commission that will get a recurrent budget of Sh119 billion for teachersâ salaries and roads sector, with a Sh95 billion development spending.
Of the Sh77.2 billion allocated to the Energy Ministry, Sh2.6 billion will be spent on petroleum exploration and distribution, geothermal and coal resource exploration and development will take up Sh163 million, while Sh180 million will be spent on development of solar energy.