County Government to spend Sh200 million to uplift livelihoods

Tana River County Government and its strategic partners will 2018/2019 financial year inject Sh200 million into a social protection fund for vulnerable groups.

Also to benefit from the kitty will be small scale traders who will access a revolving fund aimed at uplifting their businesses.

Governor, Major (rtd) Dr. Dhadho Gaddae Godhana said his administration had set aside S00 million while one partner had agreed to put in another S00 million for the kitty known as the Inuka Fund.

Speaking at the Hola Stadium during a public function in Hola Town on Monday, Maj. Godhana urged residents wishing to benefit from the fund to prepare business proposals, saying only people with sound proposals would benefit.

Apart from the big development plans we have, we have also set aside S00 million and another strategic partner has agreed to add S00 million to the kitty, he said.

We are still looking for more partners and the future looks bright, the governor added.

He said the Inuka Act, which was passed by the first County Assembly with the aim of establishing a social protection and revolving fund for the elderly and other vulnerable persons would be amended to accommodate small-scale traders.

For anybody to benefit from this special kitty, they must have a proper business proposal, he said adding, If you do not have any plan, do not come because this fund will only benefit those with proper visions.

The governor urged locals to shun divisive politics and intercommunity hatred and embrace peace for the county to progress economically.

We cannot achieve much if you continue with your small differences while people in other counties are progressing, the governor told the county’s residents.

He urged the residents to be united and confront the county’s challenges instead of dwelling on small inter-community differences that have made the country lag behind in development.

He said that if the residents become united, the county would be able to achieve faster economic growth than others in the region.

All we need is a unity of purpose to make tomorrow better than yesterday and today, he said.

Source: Kenya News Agency