The Uasin Gishu County Assembly has approved a Sh.7.6Bn budget for the year 2016/2017 Financial year.
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 County Assembly.
“Mr. Speaker, I am tabling today a budget of Kshs.7, 632,716,393 for 2016/17 FY to be financed by Kshs.5, 601,025,717 equitable shares; Kshs.1, 192, 000,000 local revenue and balances brought forward” said Mr. Sambai
The CEC lauded the MCA’s for their unwavering commitment and support. He further attributed the success of the County to the good leadership of H.E Hon. Jackson Mandago and his Deputy H.E Hon. Daniel Chemno.
“It is my hope that measures contained in this budget will address the challenges before us, and lay the foundation for our future. We can build on our strengths and the will to work together for faster growth. I am also mindful that we have a corresponding duty, as government, to improve the impact of every shilling we spent” Added Mr. Sambai.
The Health department was allocated 289M with 149M reserved for procurement of drugs and 43M for purchase on Non pharmaceuticals, To improve access and make specialized health care services available all, 124.5M was budgeted for completion of all sub-county hospitals of Turbo, Kapteldon, Kesses, Moiben, Ziwa and Burnt Forest. 30 M for completion of all on- going ward health projects; 35M for upgrading earmarked health facilities; and an additional total amount of 16 M for equipping of theatres at Turbo and Huruma Hospitals.
To improve our road networks across the county, the department of Roads, Transport and Public Works received 586.3M with 120 M being allocated to grading and gravelling; 54.2 M reserved for drainage; and a further 3 M towards survey of county roads.
In the spirit of devolution, 4M was reserved for construction of Administrators offices, and a further allocation of Kshs.300 Million for ward projects to be distributed in all wards across the county.
Due to the increased number of ECDE children who enrolled in the last financial year, additional fund of 28M was set aside for the construction of ECDE centers. The cash transfer programme for the elderly was allocated 27 M to cater for their NHIF medical cover for those above 75 years of age;20 M for people with disabilities; and an additional 3 M for vulnerable groups.
The County experienced a tremendous success in the last financial year with A.I services being subsidized at a rate of Kshs. 700.00 per straw for conventional semen and Kshs. 2500.00 for sexed semen, 10,230 inseminations done, 199 cattle dips rehabilitated,139 youth groups empowered through Kijana na Acre Initiatives.
With the effects of global change which poses a threat to agriculture, 5M was set apart for afforestation, 1M to conservation efforts at Kaptagat forest, 10M to dumpsite management,17M to county beautification and Electrification received 30M.
“Global warming is a reality. This is why as a county we are at the fore front in conserving environment to mitigate the effects of global warming” The CEC Added.
The Chair, Budget appropriation Hon. Jonathan Ngetich prompted the House Members to create awareness to the residents on the need to pay tax so as to realise development in our county and hit the set target of 1.19B in Revenue Collection.
“Development is of great importance to the people of Uasin Gishu. Equity is paramount in distribution of resources” reiterated Hon. Ngetich.
The Department of Lands, Housing and Physical planning received 202M, Agriculture, Livestock Development and Fisheries got 509.8M for development programmes, Education,Culture, Youth Affairs, Sports and Social services was allocated 562.8M, ICT received 64M, Environment,Water, Energy and Natural Resources obtained 492.1M while Trade department received 199.5M.