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County banks on livestock, fruit processing for growth

Mandera County:

Mandera Governor Roba

Mandera governor Ali Roba at a summit in Naivasha on January 21, 2014. Mr Roba is optimistic his government is on the right path to self-reliance and regional competitiveness. PHOTO | SULEIMAN MBATIAH | FILE NATION MEDIA GROUP

Mandera Governor Ali Roba is optimistic his government is on the right path to self-reliance and regional competitiveness.

He said the county government hopes to achieve this in its five-year strategic plan that ends in 2017.

“Our vision is clear. We are setting up an abattoir and the design for a fruit processing factory is complete. Plans for the construction of an international airport and regional livestock market are in the pipeline,” Mr Doba said.

Construction of the airport starts in September.

The governor, who was a pilot before joining elective politics, says his government has identified projects that will generate employment, reduce food and water insecurity.

He also aims to professionalise the county public service and kick-start the ailing health sector.

Mr Roba describes Mandera as a “county with unlimited opportunities and endless possibilities.”

The county boss said key personnel and administrators have been recruited.
“Delivery of services is our top priority,” Mr Roba said.

Achievements

Among the governor’s achievements so far include, an increase in revenue collection by 300 per cent from Sh35 million to the current Sh120 million.

The county government has also operationalised 57 hospitals, it has constructed 677 kilometres of all weather murram road and dug 20 boreholes and five water pans. Twelve water pans have also been rehabilitated.

Mr Roba’s administration is constructing the county headquarters, the county assembly and a guest house for investors.

A one-stop business centre has also been established.

In an interview with the Nation yesterday, Mr Roba said a county radio station has been set up. It will be operational in the one and half months.

Sub-county administrative offices have been built in the northern Kenya while the Mandera County referral hospital has been refurbished. The county government has recruited 360 more medical personnel.

The ground breaking for the 24 kilometre tarmac road is set for August 7.

“This will be the first tarmac road in Mandera,” Mr Roba said.

 

Source: Nation

 

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