Revenue collection for the Ministry has improved tremendously from Kshs.250 million to Kshs.2.5 billion in the last two years according to the outgoing Principal Secretary (PS), Ibrahim Mohamed.
Mohammed said since they migrated to the online application of licenses there has been an increase in transparency which has enabled them achieve the increase in revenue collection.
There has been transparency in the application of licenses, people are able to apply mining licenses from wherever they are. The county and the national government should work together to make sure that the locals are benefiting from the mining proceeds, added Mohamed.
Speaking on Friday while handing over to the new PS, Mohamed said that in the last two and half years they have been able to move and enact the mining bill 2016 to the mining Act 2016.
He asked the incoming PS to develop regulation to those parts of the act that are essential in the implementation the act.
The incoming PS, John Omenge applauded the outgoing team for work well done and promised to do much more.
As an experienced economic geologist working for 24 years in the ministry of energy, I Promise to translate my experience to tangible benefits to the Kenyan citizens as the country seeks to explore more into the mining sector, said Omenge.
Omenge said that small scale gold miners have been in the industry for long but have not been benefiting from the trade because they have not been working together with the government but this is going to change soon.
Our small scale miners lack the mechanism and technology to facilitate the mining of gold but we will work with them to make sure they get the maximum benefits, said Omenge.
He said mining committees will be established as provided for in the mining act 2016 to enhance the relations with the government.
We will not let our country down, we will work in partnership with the president of Kenya and the other ministries for the betterment of our country, said Omenge.
Source: Kenya News Agency