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State projects poorly supervised in counties — PS

The challenge had not been foreseen at the onset of devolution

In Summary

• Due to lack of officers to supervise the development projects, they at times fail to progress as expected.

•  The government will for now employ regional planning officers and later, each county will have one.

Principal Secretary for State Department of Planning Saitoti Torome With Embu County Commissioner Abdullahi Galgalo
Principal Secretary for State Department of Planning Saitoti Torome With Embu County Commissioner Abdullahi Galgalo
Image: Reuben Githinji

Planning Principal Secretary Saitoti Torome has said national government projects in the counties aren’t effectively supervised due to lack of specific offices to do the job.

Torome said on Friday in Embu that owing to lack of officers to supervise the development projects, they at times fail to progress as expected.

 

He said the challenge had not been foreseen with the onset of devolution and the government has been operating without officers directly responsible for the job.

“For this reason the government has already started arrangements to have planning officers to supervise and monitor the national government’s development projects for effective completion,” the PS said.

He was accompanied by Embu county commissioner Abdullahi Galgalo.

Torome, however, said since money is not available for the immediate recruitment of such officers, the government will first employ regional planning officers and later, each county will have one.

The officers will supervise, monitor, coordinate and liaise with other national government departmental officers to ensure smooth and quick running of such projects and report every quarter. 

National government projects are currently supervised by county commissioners and subcounty commissioners who are engaged in many other administrative tasks.

Edited by EKibii