Government says Big Four Agenda on course
Government Spokesman Col. (Rtd) Cyrus Oguna on Thursday dismissed claims that the government has abandoned the Big Four Agenda. He said the government had continued to implement multi-billion-shilling projects under the Big Four Agenda as planned.
Col. Oguna, who was speaking at the construction site of the Baricho Bridge in Malindi Sub County of Kilifi County, said the government was committed to improving the lives of its citizens through the implementation of projects and that it would not be derailed.
“When you hear people saying that the Big Four Agenda has been abandoned, you know that that is not true because you have witnessed the government is busy implementing projects for the betterment of the lives of Kenyans,” he said.
Oguna expressed his satisfaction at the rate at which the Ksh2.3 billion Baricho Bridge was being implemented and assured area residents that the bridge would be ready by July this year. He however, urged other contractors implementing various government projects to ensure they adhere to set timelines as well as ensure quality work is done so that Kenyans get value for their money.
Earlier, Oguna addressed members of the public at the Kilifi Township chief’s office in Kilifi Town where he enumerated various government programmes aimed at making the lives of Kenyans better. The programmes included the Inua Jamii cash transfer fund for elderly persons, the Kazi Mtaani programme, Youth Enterprise Development Fund, and various infrastructural projects across the country.
Beneficiaries of the Kazi Mtaani programme said the project had greatly assisted them and called on the government to extend the programme for at least one more year for more youths to benefit. Elderly persons receiving the bi-monthly cash stipend also lauded the government for the programme and asked the government to lower the age of beneficiaries from the current 70 years to 65 years.