Nyandarua’s future lies in getting rooted in service, His Excellency Governor Francis Kimemia has said.
Speaking while receiving the County’s Revenue Growth Award at the County Government headquarters in Ol’Kalou, Governor Kimemia said service is the nurturing force that fuels growth.
The County Executive Committee member for Public Administration and Information Communication Technology Hon. (Eng.) Mbataru Kariuki collected the County Own Source Revenue Automation (COSRA) award from the Commission for Revenue Allocation (CRA) during its third annual County revenue enhancement and automation conference in Mombasa last week.
The theme of this year’s conference was “Automation for enhanced revenue and fiscal accountability.”
Nyandarua was third, behind Marsabit and leaders Bungoma.
“This financial year, we have anticipated raising KShs. 371 million from local revenue to meet our financial budget requirements. This is less than 10 per cent of the total budget expenditure,” said Governor Kimemia.
The County Government is putting more emphasis on generating local revenue instead of relying on national transfers.
It has so far taken drastic measures to enhance revenue collection, through rigorous campaigns involving revenue officers.
“We have so far decentralized payments, with each department initiating its own payments to suppliers and stakeholders,” said the Governor.
The integrated financial management information system (IFMIS), embraced by the National Treasury, has now also been fully rolled out in the County, providing an efficient, transparent and effective way of making payments.
Nyandarua’s keys revenue streams include business licenses; produce cess; matatu and bus monthly stickers; J.M Kariuki and Engineer hospitals as well as open air market charges.
Governor Kimemia noted that such revenue streams as hire of agriculture machinery, approval of building plans, change of land users, land sub-division, weight and measures, movement permits, certificate of transport among others are performing poorly.
“Revenue collection the old way will get us nowhere. Comprehensive revenue automation, therefore, must be fast-tracked. A cashless collection system should help us avoid revenue pilferages across all sectors. I urge each department to ensure continual mapping of revenue is done to determine our resource base going forward,” he said.
The revenue generated locally from July to March for the current year signposted KShs. 179,869,568 which is equivalent to 48 per cent of the annual target.
“This is unacceptable. Receivers of revenue who do not collect or fail to remit revenue will not be tolerated. I have directed all Chief Officers – who are accounting officers of their departments – to take charge of all revenue issues in their units. Chief Officers will personally be held responsible for poor revenue performance in their respective areas,” he warned.
For revenue enhancement, Revenue Administration and Enforcement bills are in the pipeline.
The Revenue Inspectorate is also working closely with the Enforcement Directorate to ensure total compliance with existing laws.
The Department of Public Administration and ICT is also working to ensure that electronic dashboards are in place to monitor not just County Government projects per department, but also revenue collection.
According to the fourth pillar of his manifesto, Governor Kimemia’s vision is to attain stable personal and County incomes through enhanced revenue collection, access to financing and savings mobilization for entrepreneurial activities.