By Emmanuel Onyango
The Minister of State in President’s Office, Regional Administration and Local Government Authorities (PO-RALG) Selemani Jafo has called local government authorities in the country to review their 2017/18 strategic development plans.
Jafo made the call at a workforce committee meeting in Dodoma to discuss the implementation of projects funded by the local government’s development fund (LGDF).
In a meeting that was attended by legislators, mayors, council’s chairpersons, directors of the local government authorities and planning officers the minister said the Sh251b budget in the fiscal year need to be properly managed.
“If used properly, the availed funds could help to execute a number of projects,” he said.
However, he said it was disappointing that these projects were not executed as intended as a number of them were still in the initial stages of implementation.
According to him, councils needed to distribute such funds for projects that can be implemented on time to enable local communities’ access to social services.
He said they were a number of unfinished projects including dispensaries, health centres, and school buildings even as the funds to execute such projects sits at the council.
“Poor planning and supervision make these projects fail to complete on time,” the minister said adding that as a result projects were being carried forward to the next financial year.
In this years’ budget, at least Sh66bn had been set aside to the health sector to implement various projects.