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Kitui County Commissioner cascades Presidential Executive Order on Agenda Four

Kitui County Commissioner Samuel Kimiti Tuesday urged national government departments to cascade the President’s Executive Order to push the Agenda Four and realise accelerated socio-economic development.
Speaking during the county’s monthly service delivery meeting for departmental heads, Kimiti underscored the need to create awareness among the public about the ongoing national government flagship projects meant to create wealth and improve their livelihoods.
‘The President’s Executive Order No 1 of 2019 is rooting for the multi-sectoral approach in the development, implementation and reporting of the Big Four Agenda both to wananchi and the Executive,’ said the administrator.
The County Boss challenged national government staff to go to the grassroots, attend public gathering such as barazas and organise meetings to cascade the government policies and programmes earmarked for the region.
‘We need to underscore the benefits of the Big Four Agenda projects that touch on affordable housing, security, universal healthcare and manufacturing,’ said Kimiti.
The County Commissioner said that at the county level, he is chairing a committee that will oversee the reporting on issues raised in the President’s Executive Order to fast track development programmes and inject life into those that might have stalled.
He called on officers to be zealous with their work adding that laziness and laxity would not be tolerated in this new dispensation that has a central command reporting on the county’s key flagship projects funded by the national government.
According to the draft budget policy 2018, the government plans to build one million affordable housing units over the next five years in a Sh 2.6 trillion project aimed at dealing with the perennial housing shortage in cities and urban centres.
It further seeks to create 1.3 million manufacturing jobs by 2022, expand food production and supply, provide universal health coverage for all Kenyan homes and achieve 100 per cent health coverage for every Kenyan
On affordable housing, the plan will enable the working class and low income earners in business to own homes by reducing initial deposits and having extended repayment periods similar to one started under the National Housing Corporation (NHC) and National Social Security Fund.
In manufacturing, the government aims to raise the share of manufacturing sector from nine to 15 per cent of the gross domestic product (GDP) by 2022.
The government targets the production of 20 million shoes by 2022, a move aimed at boosting export revenue to Sh 50 billion while creating jobs to those in the hide and skins business in Ukambani, Coast and the Northern Frontier.
By Yobesh Onwong’a

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