Nyeri county set aside funds to lay off staff
Enhance equity“We have rolled out an initiative dubbed ward-specific projects programme to enhance equity and ensure development is felt in all corners of the county,” Mr Thuo said. In a break from previous budgets, the county set aside Sh30 million for ward projects. Some of the county’s energy, agriculture and road projects will also be carried out in specific wards. Wards in Kieni sub-county will get an additional Sh10 million as part of an affirmative action plan. The Health department received the highest budgetary allocation of Sh2.8 billion, and with the county implementing the national government’s universal health coverage pilot programme, Sh230 million was set aside to cater for the renovations of health facilities. The county also allocated Sh2.1 billion to cater for salaries and allowances of medical personnel. The Transport, Public Works Infrastructure and Energy department got the second-highest allocation of Sh974 million, with Sh543 million set to be spent on access roads within the municipality. One of the reasons the county set aside the funds was to meet conditions set by the Kenya Urban Support Programme, which is a World Bank-funded initiative aimed at improving infrastructure in participating devolved regions. Nyeri Young Professionals Association chairman Isaac Thuita commended the administration’s decision to set aside funds to rehabilitate access roads, saying this would open up the countryside. “Roads are very critical and we hope that they are going to be constructed immediately so that farmers can get their produce to the market. We are also happy that the semi-arid Kieni is getting extra funds through the affirmative action programme,” said Mr Thuita.
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