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Wednesday, 22 Mar 2017 18:15 EATabdirahmancajab@gmail.com
A member of the Wajir County Assembly has lambasted the national government for not doing enough to address the region’s developmental challenges, declaring that the gains the region has derived from the county government in four years far outpaces whatever development it had realized in the fifty years of independence.
Osman Kureish Abdille, the MCA of Tarbaj Ward, is one of the most recognized members of the local assembly, being a member of the Speaker’s Panel and vice-chairperson of education and vocational training.
One of the most educated MCAs in the Wajir County Assembly, Mr Abdille holds two degrees and other certificates. He has a certificate in Arabic language and Islamic studies from the International University of Africa in Sudan, a BA in Political Science and Public Administration from University of Nairobi, and a masters in business administration (MBA) with a specialization in strategic management from Kenyatta University.
Mr Abdille is widely touted as one of the most development-conscious MCAs in Wajir, a feat he attributes to his good working relationship with the county government. He has delivered tremendous projects in health, education, water development and social services.
In the health sector, he has instrumental in the construction of maternity wing in Katote, Disheeg and Lafaley, the construction of public toilets, employment of nurses and drugs to the all dispensaries in Tarbaj ward, and construction of theater in Tarbaj Sub County Hospital.
In education, he has overseen construction of ECD classrooms at Kajaja 1, Dodha, Johar, Hassan Yarrow and Tarbaj, model ECD centers at Tarbaj and Disheeg Primary School, a polytechnic at Tarbaj which offers tailoring courses and the recruitment of ECD teaches.
The ward has likewise benefitted from water projects, which include the drilling of boreholes in Majabow and Elyunis, building of piped water kiosks in Majabow, construction of four underground tanks in Tarbaj, and soon-to-be-initiated piping of water to Tarbaj Town which has no permanent source of water.
The MCA is all praise for devolution which he said has helped the people of northern Kenya more given their historical marginalisation. “What we got in four years is much more than what we saw in 50 years independence”, he explained.
He says that the national government has not delivered on some pressing responsibilities such as disaster preparedness. Wajir suffers from extreme weather shifts such as drought and floods, and he believes the national government has failed to mitigate drought issues in the region.
Abdirahman Rashid Farah is a contributing reporter for the Kenya Free Press based in Wajir County