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County staff encouraged to work in unity

National and county government employees in Meru County have resolved to work against the culture of working in isolation and embrace partnership to enhance the quality public services in the region.

Chairing the county National Government Service Delivery and Coordination Committee meeting in his boardroom, county commissioner Fred Ndunga said although each department had a specific mandate to deliver on, none can claim to have succeeded by working in isolation with others.

Ndunga said all efforts directed towards delivering on specific development programmes and activities were meant to benefit a common beneficiary, the people of Meru County.

The administrator admitted that not all departments were adequately endowed with all the required tools and equipment of work to be able to effectively and efficiently deliver quality public services, adding that it was prudent for each department to share the available resources with others to foster unity of purpose, and serving the public with ease.

He said all government departments had an obligation to give quality and timely service and deliver collectively, since nobody was in competition with the other.

On the prevailing drought situation in the county, Ndunga regretted that most forests had been invaded by livestock herders with their livestock from neighbouring counties in search of water and pasture, making it difficult to protect forests from illegal fires.

The administrator however assured the public that Kenya Forest Service, and Kenya Wildlife Services personnel had partnered with the National Government Administrative Officers in the affected areas to ensure all livestock was flushed out of forest areas and agricultural farms as they pursue those starting forest fires to arrest and prosecute to guard against further destruction.

He encouraged the public to prioritize tree planting in their farms and neighbouring government forests, as their contribution to assist the government in containing the effects of the prevailing global climate change.

Ndunga further said the continued burning of forest areas had contributed to the increasing number of human-wildlife cases, since the fires were provoking wildlife to flee into people’s farms and homes.

By Makaa Margaret

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