European Union(EU) in collaboration with the county government of Marsabit is set to establish multi-million fish processing and refrigeration plant in the county to empower local community.
The area Governor Mohamud Muhammad Ali revealed that his government has already received Ksh 144 Million from European Union and the fund will be diverted to the construction of a fish processing factory in Loiyangalani the first of kind in the region.
The plant would also have a cold room where excess fish would be stored as the traders sought a market for the catch.
The County boss also said that the county government has received a further Ksh.1.8 Billion from Germany federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and the sum will be directed to improving water sector in county.
However Governor Ali expressed concern that his government has inherited a huge debt amounting to Ksh.1billion from the previous government.
He asked the county assembly to start normal house business by passing 2017-2018 budgets so as to settle the debt to enable smooth running of the government.
He reiterated that his government is further committed to improving health standard by investing in the health sector.
“I know our people are suffering due to inadequate medical facilities and our hospitals are under staffed, we will transform Marsabit County referral as teaching and referral centre so as to bridge the gap in the sector” he said.
Governor Mohamed Ali assured residents of Marsabit County that his government is committed to serving them equally and that his focus is on development agendas for better and prosperous county.
In his address to the newly elected members of county assembly during the official opening of Marsabit county assembly, the governor further promised a fruitful engagement among all arms of the county government.
“I urge all members of this house to focus on key areas like health, education and water in order to change lives of our people in Marsabit County for better,” he said.
According to Governor Ali the previous county has only passed 16 substantive bills and 8 among them will be brought back to house for scrutiny.
Marsabit County Assembly Speaker Mathew Loltome emphasized that members must work together for efficient service delivery for the common good of Marsabit county residents.
The opening of the county assembly sets the stage for the house to officially start executing legislative mandate.