The Governor of Kakamega County H.E Fernandes Barasa on Wednesday led Senior County Government Officers in reviewing the County’s First Supplementary Budget with an aim of incorporating new critical priorities into the budget estimates for the Financial Year 2022/23.
In his address to the participants, Governor Barasa stated that enhancing own source revenue and embracing appropriate mechanisms of sealing revenue leakages especially in the Health sector and the County Revenue Agency should be given maximum attention. To actualise this, Governor Barasa revealed, a new revenue system will be procured to ensure proper revenue controls as the County Government seeks to raise its own source revenue collection.
“As we plan on enhancing revenue collection, there is need to not only meet the set targets but also pursue new revenue streams within the County,” he said and directed relevant departments to process payment of all legit and verified pending bills owed to service providers.
The Governor noted that improving the welfare of Community Health Volunteers (CHVs), ensuring availability of reagents and drugs, reactivating the dormant health equipment and enhancing the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) section will not only provide quality medical services to the people but also generate revenue to the County.
“My Administration is keen on streamlining our expenditure including management of the human resource emoluments,” said the Governor as he encouraged the staff to work smart by using very little resources to deliver more results in service delivery to the people.
The Governor instructed the Officers to align the County Development Plans to the National Government’s manifesto and expressed optimism of enhanced service delivery in the devolved units following resolutions by the 18th Session of IBEC to release resources for all devolved functions among them Agriculture and Health as enshrined in the Fourth Schedule of the Constitution.
Deputy Governor H.E Ayub Savula on his part asked County Executives to ensure the necessary budget is allocated to all Executive Orders made by H.E the Governor and implemented as required.