Natural Resources Minister hailed By Staff writer 12th December 2010 Email Print Comments Natural Resources and Tourism Minister Ezekiel Maige A civil society organisation has applauded the stance by Natural Resources and Tourism Minister Ezekiel Maige to ban unnecessary foreign trips by officials from his ministry as well as investigating corrupt trends, saying his measures would boost performance apart from saving government coffers. Sikika would like the government to remain committed to its promise of cutting unnecessary expenditure and should take measures to make sure that ministries follow in Maige's footsteps as this will go a long way in improving service delivery and improve the general public's lives, its Executive Director Irenei Kiria said in a press statement yesterday. Kiria had commended the minister for pledging stern actions against irresponsible officials who cause revenue drop in the government because of unnecessary international travels allegedly to boost tourism, instead of marketing local tourist attractions. Sikika said that for the year 2010/11, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism has allocated a total of Sh5,184,245,100 for travels out of which Sh666,115,000 is for foreign travels against Sh4,518,130,100 reserved for travels inside the country. In the recent years, there has been an outcry from different stakeholders on how the government allocates and spends its financial resources. While inadequate funds have been one of the challenges that the government is facing in implementing its different programs, concerns have been how well it uses the available resources, noted the NGO. Sikika has since 2008 been advocating for the government to cut down on unnecessary expenditures especially in six areas that include training (domestic and foreign), allowances (non-discretionary, discretionary, and in-kind), travel (in-country and out-of-country), acquisition of new vehicles, fuel, oil and lubricants, and hospitality supplies and services. Kiria said: Sikika hails measures (taken) by Minister Maige as they go a long way not only in safeguarding taxpayer's money but also in making sure that officials within the ministry execute their duties diligently, adding: We, therefore, urge other ministries to borrow a leaf from the Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism by investigating the misdeeds committed in the ministries such as petty corruption for the benefit of the public. SOURCE: GUARDIAN ON SUNDAY 0 Comments | Be the first to comment MAWAZIRI WENGINE MPO?