By Abdi Hussein.
Elders in Garissa County have a reason to smile after the County Government announced plans to introduce a welfare kitty for them.
This was disclosed by Governor Nathif Jama on Wednesday at an end year party held to take stock of his government’s activities for the year ending.
Nathif said that each person will receive Kes 3,000 once the necessary laws and guidelines are put in place by the executive and the County assembly.
The Governor added that once implemented, the initiative will supplement a similar one that is currently undertaken by the central government.
“We know the National Government has a similar project where elders get financial support of Kes 2000 each, we as a county government will also help and support these needy elders.” he said.
Presenting the county’s achievements and challenges, Nathif said that provision of quality healthcare, clean water and basic education was largely hampered in rural areas by sprawling settlements and called on residents to settle in already established centers instead of starting new ones every now and then.
The event was attended by senior officials from the County Government, Senator Yussuf Haji, Former Nominated MP Ms Sofia Abdinoor, former M.D of Northern Water Services Board Mr. Mohamed Moulid Shurie, elders, women and the youth from the county.