Heads of department in Meru County have been cautioned to refrain from presenting substandard project reports to the County Development Implementation Coordination Committee (CDICC) secretariat.
Speaking after a CDICC meeting last Wednesday, the group secretary and the presidential delivery unit regional coordinator Loise Shuma said the committee expected nothing short of comprehensive reports, detailing a clear picture on the status and progress of a given development project as it was on the ground, so as to guide the monitoring and evaluation process.
Shuma said government departments entrusted with the management or supervision of any project in the region should be able to present a well-organized official report with clear information on the implementation pace, financial stability of the contractor and the public perception on the ongoing works.
She said project implementation reports play a crucial role in indicating whether projects had issues that may need to be escalated to the regional or national level of the development unit for timely interventions.
The secretary noted that some heads of department were only presenting progress on their respective core mandates to the committee, instead of bringing out status or challenges impending full implementation of government funded projects, meant to change community livelihoods in one way or the other.
Shuma reiterated that the progress reports were meant to guide the county committee in identifying any projects that may be in dire need for urgent visits to either verify or advise on emerging issues, likely to compromise their successful implementation.
She noted that members of the committee had an obligation to complement each other in the monitoring and evaluation of development projects in the county, since the task of giving public funds maximum value to the benefit of the target beneficiaries remained collective at the end of the day.
By Makaa Margaret