The Uasin Gishu County Assembly has approved a Sh. 7.4Bn budget for the financial year 2017-2018.
The proposed budget estimates read on Thursday by the County Executive for Finance and Economic Planning Mr. Shadrack Sambai at the County Assembly was gladly adopted by the Members of the County Assembly.
“Mr. Speaker, I am tabling today a budget of Kshs 7.425,884,487 for 2017-2018 FY to be financed by Kshs. 5.977,414,645 B equitable shares; Kshs 1Billion local revenue.” Said Mr. Sambai.
The CEC lauded the MCA’s for their exemplary support throughout the process and attributed the success of the County to the good leadership of H.E Hon. Jackson Mandago and his Deputy H.E Hon. Daniel Chemno.
” Mr. Speaker, sizeable achievements have been posted over the last four years and substantial part of this financial year 2016/ 2017. The County Government has always revolved its priorities around agricultural production, and food security, water services, health services and education; and devolved governance” added Mr. Sambai.
To accelerate growth and development through good road infrastructure, the Department of Roads , Transport and Public works received Ksh 474 Million for development. Kshs 115M will be used for grading and gravelling of over 2200Km and 400 Km of roads respectively and a further 30 M will be spent on improvement of drainage system by installing 3000M of culverts and 49 M to be used for construction of bridges.
To invest in quality education and lay a good foundation for the children and equip the youth with necessary skills to enable them be ready for the labour market, Kshs 118M was allocated to the department of Education to enable the sector carry on with this noble mission.
The notable success achieved by the County Government for the past four years include the construction of 6.2 km of Roads to bitumen standards, grading of over 5395Km of roads, gravelling of 1059.56Km, installation of 4134 M of culverts, construction of 27 bodaboda shades and over 580 classrooms , recruitment of over 1000 ECDE teachers, disbursing over 450M bursaries and scholarships to over 22000 needy students , construction of 11 vocational training centers across the County and the construction of four model sub county hospitals at Kesses, Turbo, Ziwa and Moiben.
The department of Agriculture was allocated 410M, Trade received 182,853,000, Health got an allocation of 205,484,861 and Lands department was allocated 173,039,883.
The Chair Budget and Appropriation Committee, Hon Jonathan Ngetich termed the budget as the best compared to the last four years.
” By approving this budget we will not be doing anything wrong but in reality empowering our people since the priorities are right” said Hon. Ngetich.