Kitui Governor’s Press
By Barrack Muli
Kitui Governor Charity Ngilu has today said development in counties illustrates the hope of devolution in attaining inclusive growth for the country.
Speaking when she hosted Members of the Nakuru County Assembly today at her office, Governor Ngilu said the success largely depends on a shift in the manner in which counties adopt change in the priority areas of development to improve the livelihoods of the residents.
She said the sustainability of growth in counties depends on the focus to exploit substantial areas to raise revenue and concentration on workable projects that directly impact the lives of the people.
“We must shift the way we execute what we’ve always thought development is. Devolution has opened up opportunities even in the rural areas – we must focus on supporting what directly transforms the people”. She said.
The Governor cited capacity building, youth and women empowerment, focus on agriculture, improved healthcare, food productivity and water provision as key areas that will ultimately transform the counties for posterity.
Noting the opportunities presented by devolution in the agricultural sector, Governor Ngilu said there are many prospects value chain presents as the county works towards improving the level and quality of production.
Nakuru Assembly Minority Whip Alice Kering said Kitui was an example of counties where devolution had realized significant progress despite the hurdles derailing development in counties.
Nakuru Township MCA Peter Nyaguthi said the visit offered an insight of what devolution meant for mwananchi.
Minority Whip Zaituna Ibrahim said Kitui is among the few counties that had notable progress in youth training and development.
“Kitui’s focus on growing manufacturing, supporting bee keeping and creating employment for youths is inspiring. We are very pleased to learn this is possible”. She said.
Kitui Deputy Majority Leader Hon. Colleta Koli said Kitui Assembly continues to support the Executive deliver by approving budgets and through legislation to ensure the residents benefit from the fruits of devolution.
“We had wrangles between the assembly and the Executive before but we now appreciate what the Governor is doing. We understand the government’s agenda now”. She said.
The meeting was also attended by a number of Kitui CECMs and Kitui MCAs.
Today marked the second day of the benchmarking mission.