By Abdiweli Ibrahim
Mandera Governor Ali Roba has this afternoon presided over the second official opening of Mandera County assembly which was on recess since late last year for the Christmas and new year holidays.
In his opening speech, governor Roba gave a chronology of events since his administration took office and expressed optimism that the county will achieve its targets as it was now on the right track after a shaky start to devolution.
Giving highlights of what happened in every sector the economy and how his government responded to the events, the governor said that thanks to devolution, Mandera will never be the same again.
“We are talking of bigger plans for the people of Mandera County, something that would have remained a distant dream were it not for devolution” he said
On security, Roba said that the situation has now normalized and thanked the National government, local leadership and residents of Mandera at large for rising to the occasion and making the county more peaceful.
He said that the implementation of devolution has brought to light the regional differences in maternal deaths and highlighted inequities in availability of resources necessary for realization of basic constitutional rights especially the right to health care services.
“Devolution has also increased resource allocation to previously “forgotten” counties thereby giving their populace a chance to improve their health and socioeconomic status” he said.
He thanked members of the County assembly for working together with his administration when it needed them most. This he said was exemplary given the fact that most county administrations in the country have a rough time with their assemblies.