County and National government staff asked to work closely

The Meru County Commissioner (CC), Wilfred Nyagwanga has urged all civil servants under the national and county governments to work together for effective and efficient service delivery to wananchi.

Nyagwanga noted that there were programmes in the region funded by the national government and at the same time by the county government hence the need to exchange notes on their implementation schedules.

There are road and water projects at the grassroots that are being funded and implemented by the national government. What we are saying as the national government is that we are going to work together seamlessly, noted the CC.

He added that establishing a mutual working relationship would enhance prosperity which is the ultimate goal of the civil service.

Nyagwanga challenged all public servants to commit themselves to offer required services to residents at all times.

What I want to say is that let civil servants open their offices 24 hours for 7 days. Elected leaders are the judge to tell us what to implement. Let us serve the people, he advised.

He called on area leaders and residents to take advantage of the Jubilee administration which they enjoy at both the national and county level.

The president is talking about the big four in his manifesto. The fortunate about Meru is the government of Kiraitu Murungi is Jubilee same as the government of President Uhuru Kenyatta. Why can’t you use the twin governments to get what you want? he quipped.

He was speaking at Thiiri Centre in Imenti North Sub County on Friday during the official launch of Meru County Ward Development Coordination Committees (WDCC) for the 45 Wards presided over by Governor Kiraitu Murungi and his Deputy, Titus Ntuchiu.

Governor Kiraitu outlined the roles of the committees which are facilitating public participation on governance and development at the ward level.

Kiraitu explained that the role of the committees will be to identify and prioritise development projects, promote equitable development, facilitate participatory planning and budgeting in the wards.

The committees shall endevour to promote social development through seminars, meetings and public education at the wards as well as overseeing and making annual reports to the County or National Government as per the statutory regulatory frameworks Kiraitu explained.

The WDCC which was one of the key pillars in Governor Kiraitu’s manifesto will be headed by the respective MCAs who will be the patrons.

Each of the 45 wards is represented by 18 members, among them five appointees of the Governor and area chiefs in the wards are members of the committees representing the National Government.

He noted that he will give the committees a free hand in discharging their mandate, noting that his role as Governor will largely be supervisory.

Kiraitu revealed that the committees shall be cascaded to the constituency level and finally the county level to avoid duplication of implementation of county and national government projects.

I was Meru senator for the past five years and things were not good since chiefs and assistant county commissioners had been sent parking by the past regime. My administration shall work very closely with the national government officials, he noted.

He maintained that his vision of making the county great cannot be a one-man’s show.

His Deputy Ntuchiu appealed to the committee members to refrain from politicising the committees to ensure effective performance.

The WDCC will manage the Ksh.20 million Ward Development Fund (WDF), announced the Deputy Governor.

The event was attended by area MCAs, Assistant County Commissioners, chiefs and representatives from youths, women and the aged.

Source: Kenya News Agency