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Photo: Busia Governor Sospeter during Suala Nyeti Programme on KTN News Monday evening.

DECENTRALIZE CEREAL BOARDS TO COUNTIES, OJAAMONG URGES NATIONAL GOVERNMENT

Busia governor Sospeter Ojaamong has urged the National Government to decentralize National Cereal and Produce Boards to help counties to forestall emergencies and disasters when they occur.

Governor Ojaamong said most Cereals boards including Malaba are not used for intended purpose of storing cereals, putting counties at greater risk when famine strikes.

“We need such silos, to revert to counties to enable us store cereals during glut, most agricultural experts are expected to monitor the moisture content to ensure they are not contaminated,” he said. The Governor’s appeal came as the national government declared that 16  counties out of 47 are  hunger stricken. 

Ojaamong said the Council of Governors met with representatives of Members of County Assemblies where it was agreed they ensure at least 5 per cent of the budget goes to emergencies and disaster management.

However, the County CEO decried  that the late release funds from the exchequer affects the operations of the  disaster management  whenever such emergencies occur.

He said the drought situation in over a third of the counties is a lesson that needs concerted efforts in all counties and national government to avoid occurrence of the same.

Responding to calls for reduction of counties Ojaamong said it will not help in addressing the challenges faced by Kenyans  in terms of limited resources channeled to counties and yet most functions have been devolved.

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