Monday, 11 December 2017 22:14

THE INAUGURAL DEVOLUTION SENSITIZATION WEEK

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The Council of Governors Secretariat held its first ever Devolution Sensitisation Week on the 6th- 8th December at the Kencom Bus Stage.
The three days event was organised by the Council of Governors to create a platform for the public learn about the Council of Governors through its technical committees, its mandate and the County best practices achieved through the technical committees.
HE Mike Sonko, who officially opened the event could not hide his joy, appreciating the opportunity to host the inaugural Devolution Sensitisation Week.
“Allow me to begin by sincerely thanking the Council of Governors for choosing Nairobi City County to host the first Devolution Sensitization Week” said HE Sonko.
“Without strict adherence to the law, service delivery shall never be effective. We must therefore invest heavily in improving service delivery, particularly in areas which have immediate impact on the common Kenyan like education, infrastructure, health, water and agriculture” continued Governor Sonko.
It was at this very event that HE Mike Sonko and the general public had the opportunity to meet the Nairobi County Queens. The team is a group of young girls who are former street girls currently doing big in the football field. This year, the team participated in the 2017 Homeless world Cup where they emerged third out of the 18 Nations represented in the event. The Council of Governors was willing to give the girls a platform to showcase their talent to both the Governor and the public at large. The team proceeds to Japan in 2018 for the Homeless World Cup where they promised to perform even better.
The Governor, as a sign of blessing and best wishes to the team displayed his ability of handling the ball.
The Devolution Sensitisation Week was also a platform for the Council of Governors to share information on the achievements by the County Governments since the advent of Devolution in line with its mandate as enshrined in Section 20 of the Intergovernmental Relation Act, 2012.
“In line with COG’s mandate which is ‘To share information and best practices on performance of Counties in executing their functions with the objective of learning and promotion of best practices and where necessary, initiating preventive or corrective action’, this event is important because as the secretariat and the technical team that supports the Council of Governors, we get an opportunity to interact with the public to get feedback on how we can serve you better” remarked the Council of Governors CEO Mrs. Jacqueline Mogeni.
Some of the participants in the Devolution Sensitization Week were Nairobi County, who educated the public about some of their services and to address issues of service delivery in various sectors, Kenya National Blood Transfusion Services, conducted a blood drive that would boost the National Blood Bank, Women4Cancer who were present to raise awareness on the various cancers and to conduct free breast cancer screening for both women and men. During the Devolution Sensitisation Week, Women for Cancer set a record - screening the highest number of men for breast cancer. Confirming the record, women for cancer Director Ms. Catherine said that during the three days, they had managed to screen more than fifty men for breast cancer a number they had not seen in any other event.
The office of the Ombudsman was also present to address grievances that the public had with both the National government and County Governments, and to share some of their key reports. Homeboyz Entertainment and Chairmania events limited were present and the public had the rare chance to interact with them and learn of their products and services.
After 3 days, the event came to a close with a promise to the public to implement the recommendations collected to improve service delivery through the County Governments and the technical committees.

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