Counties urged to re-align funds to post COVID-19 challenges

Written By: Khalid Abdullahi
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County Governments have been urged to re-align their County Integrated Development Plans (CIDP) to fit into the post-COVID-19 challenges.

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North Eastern Regional Population Coordinator Moses Ouma says devolved units will have to suspend some of their projects and reallocating more resources to the fight against the spread of COVID-19.

North Eastern Regional Population Coordinator Moses Ouma says challenges posed by the COVID -19 pandemic require a multi-agency approach.

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According to Ouma, the best approach is planning on how best to manage the health crisis that has caused adversely affected livelihoods.

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The coordinator said the most affected are the women and girls adding that more funding should be channelled towards programmes that address challenges affecting them.

“The theme could not be more appropriate considering the challenges that have been presented by the pandemic to women and girls. By safeguarding our women and girls is safeguarding the future of our society,” Ouma said.

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Ouma urged parents to be more involved in the lives of their children especially now that reopening of schools has been suspended until early next year.

“As we plan to reopen schools early next year, where do we place these teenage girls? We have to plan now because the future of these girls lies in the hands of the government and the parents alike,” he added.

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On his part, Garissa County Finance CEC Roble Nuno said that the county has reallocated resources from various projects by giving priority to the presidential directive of establishing 300-bed capacity facilities for COVID-19 patients in each county.

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