The Turkana county acting executive committee member for Finance and Economic Planning (CEC), Charles Lokioto on Tuesday morning presented budget estimates for the 2017/18 financial year amounting to Shs. 11. 2billion before the county assembly.
The budget whose theme was, A People Centered Budget for Sustainable Economic Development saw significant adjustments from the previous budget to cater for the reduced allocation.
Mr. Speaker sir, the county allocation formula has been revised to our disadvantage. Our allocation ratio reduced from 4.03% to 3.34% of the equitable share. In the County Allocation of Revenue Act 2017, our allocation is Shs. 10.07Bn down from the expected Shs. 12.06Bn. Therefore, we are cutting down on capital expenditures and instituting austerity measures to tame non-core expenditures, said Lokioto.
He said despite the changes, the budget stakeholders such as the general public, employees, Women, Youth, People living with TB and HIV/AIDS, Children, the Disabled and Minority groups have been catered for.
Out of a total 11.2 billion the general public services such as health, education, bursaries, food security, have been allocated the lion’s share of 6.3 billion which amounts to 56.72 percent of the total budget.
Shs. 4.1 billion will go towards employees while youth and women empowerment have been allocated Shs. 650 million.
TB/HIV/AIDS programmes have been allocated shs. 12 million with shs. 26 million being set aside for persons living with disabilities.
Minority groups will benefit from Shs. five million.The executive hopes to raise Shs. 200 million in revenue but has so far managed to raise shs. 146 million.
Mr. Speaker sir, the FY 2017/2018 budget proposal has been prepared with respect to the cardinals of Gender Responsive Budgeting. The budget has taken into consideration the needs of various groups and made a disclosure on how the benefits will flow to male and female,boy and girl which constitute the groups stated above, said Lokioto.
The CEC also took the opportunity to highlight successes of governor Josphat Nanok’s administration, saying, the distances to nearest Health facilities and Early Childhood Learning Centers has significantly reduced and the teacher pupil ratio has also reduced.
The number of doctors serving the entire population, he said has increased from the insignificant figure of 4 in 2013 to a whopping 60 doctors.
Being the , fifth Budget under the leadership of Governor Josephat Kooli Nanok and the last in the implementation of Turkana County Integrated Development Plan (CIDP) 2013 � 2017. It is important to note that this budget document seeks to address the government’s overall policies and priorities as identified in the CIDP.
Source: Kenya News Agency