By Abdimalik Hajir.
Governor of Garissa County Nathif Jama with his deputy and the County Commissioner Garissa Harun Khator at a past function.
Garissa leaders have called for the speedy issuance of national identification cards to youth so as to foster development in the county.
Speaking while on a tour of all sub-counties, the leaders led by Governor Nathif Jama Adam said the possession of the legal document was a necessity to any individual particularly when seeking to be enrolled for higher education, to access jobs and banking facilities.
Governor Nathif said his administration was consulting with the national government through the county commissioner for the speedy issuance of the IDs, saying youths could not fully take advantage of the devolved system without the IDs.
But the County Woman Representative Shukran Gure questioned why youth in the county should be treated differently from those in other parts of the country when it comes to the issuance of IDs. “We should be told if we are not Kenyans,” she posed.
The leaders who also included Lagdera MP Mohamed Shidiye and Dadaab’s Mohamed Dahiye said most youth have now opted to be registered as refugees to access opportunities, terming it an embarrassment.
Meanwhile, the county has continued to launch development projects including provision of electricity and water under the Sh2bn development kitty this year.