December 12th 2017

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Adan Ali Issack, Wajir's peace committee chair, seeks unity as foundation of development

“What we need most as leaders is humility; the readiness to serve people without discrimination. I have made a commitment to provide inclusive leadership. I want those who didn’t vote for me, when they come to my office, to genuinely feel that I am working for all the people of Della Ward,” he says.

By Abdirahman Rashid Farahabdirahmancajab@gmail.comSaturday, 02 Dec 2017 20:49 EAT

Adan Ali Issack, the MCA for Della Ward.

A first-time member of the Wajir County Assembly has taken to his job with gusto, making peace in the region his number one priority as he seeks to transform the leaderhip profile of his ward and the county in general.

Adan Ali Issack, the MCA for Della Ward, who was elected on a Narc-Kenya ticket after garnering 1,774 votes, has promised to work with all shades of opinion in his ward. His outreach to his opponents in the August 8 elections has earned praised from friends and foe.

Adan foresees the county making strides in development under the current leadership including MCAs, members of parliament, the Wajir senator and Governor Mohamed Abdi Mohamud.

“What we need most as leaders is humility; the readiness to serve people without discrimination. I have made a commitment to provide inclusive leadership. I want those who didn’t vote for me, when they come to my office, to genuinely feel that I am working for all the people of Della Ward,” he told me in an interview.

During the last three months he has been in office, Mr Adan told me, he has supported livestock keepers with the water trucking that he funded from his own resources, given the delay in financial allocations to the county governments due to the prolonged electioneering period.

He is working to revitalise the region’s limited water resources, and is currently overseeing the fencing of the Della and Anole dams, a projected financed by Mercy Corps International, an American humanitarian and security organisation based in Nairobi.

Mr Adan is suitably prepared education-wise and through career experience to lead this ward. He started his education at Godade Primary School where he did KCPE in 2003, after which he joined Griftu Boys High School, completing KCSE in 2008. He then enrolled for two diploma courses in human resources management and clearing and forwarding.

He has since advanced his education further to degree level, of which he expects to graduate later this month from the Technical University of Mombasa.

Mr Adan’s career experience has been in the clearing and forwarding field, having worked as a shipping manager for a private company in Mombasa from 2010 -2017, before he resigned to join politics. He is also a successful businessman in his right and has a number of businesses in Mombasa.

Before embarking on his campaign for the August 8 general elections, he undertook research into the needs of the people of his ward whereby he identified four major priorities.

By far the most pressing challenge was the poor state of healthcare provision. The region lacks health centres from where residents can access medication for common ailments, and the few facilities that have been established do not have sufficient staff.

He therefore designed a programme of intervention in which the ward would press for the employment of qualified staff in the health centres and establishment of new facilities. He is lobbying the county government for this at the moment.

The second problem, which affects the entire northern Kenya, is the poor water provision. He plans to build more boreholes to meet the needs of the people. During the recent drought, he initiated a robust water trucking programme that reached the remote parts of the water.

The third challenge for the ward was the understaffing of ECD schools. He said that at the moment Della Ward has only 20 pre-school teachers. He is pushing the assembly’s education committee to give priority for the employment of these teachers. His position is that Della is one of the most underserved wards in the whole of Wajir in this area.

Another of his priorities is the creation of economic activities and social forums that can engage the youth. He says unemployment affects a substantial number of young people, with most poor youth having limited education.

“Only a broad economic empowerment plan can reach these folks, and we want to ensure that all our programmes are targeted at creating jobs and awareness about the opportunities available to the youth,” he told this writer in an interview.

He is optimistic that, given the right conditions, the current assembly will help the region realise quick development. He is all praise for the leadership of the Speaker and the Clerk of the assembly, and expressed satisfaction with the calibre of MCAs in the house.

He said expressed immense expectation that Governor Abdi Mohamud will deliver to the people of Wajir. He said the governor had selected an energetic team of cabinet members who have the right job experience for their departments.

Adan is currently the chairperson of the peace committee in the house and vice chairperson of disability committee and member of health committee.

Abdirahman Rashid Farah is a contributing reporter for the Kenya Free Press based in Wajir County





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