The second Busia County Integrated Development Plan 2018-2022 has been approved by the County Assembly of Busia with women and children being the biggest beneficiaries.
The Sh300 million proposed Alupe Women and Children Speciality Level Five Hospital will help reduce the high maternal and child mortality rates in the county. Alupe University Medical School will also benefit from the referral hospital.
University students will benefit from enhanced allocation of Education Support scheme for varsity students being offered scholarships from Sh210m to 420m in the next five years.
This means that 70 students will benefit from scholarships in 2018. The number will increase to 140 in 2019, 210 in 2020, 280 in 2021 and 350 in 2022.
Major projects in agriculture captured in the document include Sh75m to cater for equipping and installation of cassava processing plant and Sh185m for Fish and Livestock Processing Plant.
Trade, Cooperatives and Industry has earmarked establishment of Industrial and Business Parks at Sh500m and construction of low cost housing at Sh500m.
In the department of public works, Sh5.7b has been proposed for upgrading of roads to bitumen standards, Sh600m for parking lots for trailers, buses and taxis and Sh90m for biomass waste energy conservation.
Water department will use Sh3b for countywide water supply services. The County Assembly will install multi-media conference system in committee rooms at Sh105m and Sh100m for construction of MCA Block.
The Sh106b document was passed unanimously with one dissenting voice. The members said that the CIDP will help unlock funds disbursement.
Amukura Central Ward MCA Moses Ouma said the proposed airport will open up the border town to other parts of the country and the East and Central Africa region.
Majority Leader Laban Mukhwana said the document is well lit with other national plans including health agenda where about Sh6b has been set aside for upgrading the Busia County Referral Hospital.
“The document has also captured all 17 Sustainable Development goals. Our only worry is resource mobilization. I urge members to use their good connections to source for resources to help reduce the deficit of Sh38b,” he said.
The Majority Leader said the CIDP has been aligned to all the Big Four Agenda plans of the National Government and Governor Ojaamong’s manifesto.
The Speaker Bernard Wamalwa said the report shall be forwarded to the Office of the Governor and the County Executive Committee Member Finance.