THE Garissa county has been given permission to spend over Sh4 billion on recurrent and development expenses before June 30, 2014. In a special gazette supplement, the local administration can withdraw Ksh 4,847,000,000 from the Consolidated Fund for its use
The county intends to spend Sh1.3 billion on health, sanitation and water. The county Infrastructure department has been allocated Sh 6.7 million with Sh400 million going to the construction of roads and rehabilitation of civil works. The County Assembly which is also slated to get Ksh 505,095,840 for both recurrent and development expenditure.
County executive for Finance and Economic Planning, Idriss Mukhtar said he was delighted that Garissa's budget was among the eight out of the 47 counties with which the National Budget Office had no issues. Governor Nadhif challenged his cabinet members to remain steadfast in fast-tracking development as they take charge of monies in their respective dockets.
"With all these opportunities available, it's the responsibility of the local administration to take up these tasks and build a better tomorrow for themselves", said Jama The governor has placed food security, a fundamental factor to peace and unity in the county -and which can be achieved through proper attention to agricultural production, as one of the priorities in his development agenda for the county.
In his five-year blue-print proposed development agenda, the governor has also pledged to unlock the county's tourism potential and boost livestock development.