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Kakamega allocates Sh1.2billion to ward development fund

Kakamega County has allocated Sh1.2 billion towards development projects in all its 60 wards.

County Governor Fernandes Odinga Barasa said the Ward Development fund will see each county receive sh20 million this financial year.

Speaking yesterday during Mashujaa day celebrations at Bukhungu stadium in Kakamega town, Barasa said there is need to enhance the resources that are available to the devolved units in order to provide the critical services required.

He furthermore said that Kakamega County is among few counties that have a fully-fledged independent revenue collection agency supporting the revenue collection and management of the county.

The governor called for cooperation among local leaders and the people, urging them to work harder in order to achieve the fruits of devolution.

“Nothing will come on a silver platter without us rolling our sleeves and working to put behind us the enemies to development,” he added.

He also said that he will endeavour to work to achieve his laid down six-point transformation agenda for the development of the county among them being in the areas of health, sanitation and hygiene.

Barasa said he has already set a plan to enable improved access to health services and upgrade most health facilities to level 4 and prioritize public healthcare investment to control disease outbreak.

On matters of food security, he said that he will collaborate with Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organization (KALRO), Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology (MMUST) and Bukura Agricultural Training College to improve agricultural practices in the county.

On education, Mr. Barasa said the county government will disburse bursaries and scholarships to sustain the needy but bright children in school to completion of their studies.

By Purity Simiyu

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