NAIROBI, KENYA: The government has saved over Sh74 billion since the launch of Huduma Centers with 24 million Kenyans served, President Uhuru, said on Friday.
He told participants at the 7th Africa Public Service Day that Huduma Centres have made it easy for Kenyans to access public service.
The centralized one-stop-shop for government services currently has 52 outposts spread across Kenya bringing services closer to the people.
“These centres offer over 104 different services with a customer satisfaction level of 95 per cent,” the President noted adding that cumulatively, the centres have served over 24 million Kenyans and saved over Sh74 billion since inception.
The President underscored the need for public servants to put service to the nation ahead of any selfish gain.
“This monumental task calls for unyielding commitment; clear and coherent vision; bold transformative leadership; and, above all else, promotion of integrity and “working hard” culture,” the President said.
He said Africa is committed to finding uniquely African solutions to its own challenges.
“Ours must not be to copy-paste solutions adopted in other jurisdictions; instead, we must create answers tailor-made to answer the questions that Africa faces today and will face in the future,” the President said at the conference attended by Ministers and representatives from 35 African Union member states.
He said African governments and those entrusted with the management of public resources must do so in an accountable, transparent and responsible manner.
“It is for this reason that my Administration has laid emphasis on the issue of good governance within the Public Service, as well as heightening our efforts to combat corruption,” the Head of State said.
He said no government can fully achieve its development agenda in the absence of a well functioning and results-oriented public service.
The President urged governments across the continent to focus more on providing the youth with opportunities for employment, self-expression, and innovation.
He specifically pitched for sustainable investments in education, technical and vocational skills development, access to start-up capital and a regulatory environment.
“We are called upon to consider how to include the ever-growing youth population and other economically disadvantaged groups, in mainstream social and economic activities so as to harness their entrepreneurial skills, energy, and potential,” the President said.
The conference whose them is ‘The Intersection of Youth Empowerment and Migration: Entrenching a culture of Good Governance, ICT and innovation for inclusive service delivery' will, besides showcasing best practice in public service, recognise and award outstanding entities in public sector performance, management, and development in Africa.
The special focus of the African Union on the youth in most of its programmes including public service reforms is premised on the fact that by the year 2050, Africa will a youth population of 830 million people.
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