The State Department for Fisheries and the Blue Economy is lobbying Parliament to allocate it Sh810 million to set up structures for the Fisheries Council and two funds established under the Fisheries Management and Development Act.
The acquisition of government furniture and supplies for the Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) will need Sh85 million. He said the underfunding of the ministry budget by Sh3.1 billion will negatively affect activities of the Fisheries and the Blue Economy ministry.
The ministry said it requires Sh6 billion in the year to July 2018 but has only been allocated Sh2.9 billion.
“This creates a resource gap of Sh3.122 billion. This will considerably affect the activities of the State department considering that the State department was added a new mandate of coordination of the Blue Economy during the reorganisation of the national Government in May 2016 through Executive Order No. 1/2016,” Prof Ntiba said. He told MPs that the additional resource requirement of Sh3.48 billion will go a long way in ensuring the State department’s intended programs and projects are implemented.