By Reuben Olita
Busia County Revenue Officers have been undertaken through a rigorous capacity building training on the legal framework on their area of operations.
The five day exercise held at Border Palace in Busia is part of the fulfilment of the requirement that all staff be trained at least five times in a year.
This comes at a time when most counties including Busia County are emphasizing on the need to enhance local revenue.
The main objective of the training has been to address the gaps identified during revenue administration assessment.
This had necessitated the need for further training. This on the job training is aimed at capacity building and equipping the officers with adequate knowledge to discharge their responsibilities effectively.
Among the key areas that revenue officers have been trained on are legal framework of operations, transparency and accountability, community involvement in revenue mobilization sensitization among others.
The Director Revenue, Mr Christopher Ilikor expressed optimism in meeting the county revenue targets since the revenue Officers have been capacity build. “Despite the challenges faced by the county government, I believe that once the training is over, the participants will be well equipped with knowledge and of course we shall see a change in terms of revenue enhancement,” he said
The exercise is of great importance since own source revenue supplements the national share that the county gets as funding of the budget by the National Government to finance the various county programmes.