The county government of Baringo will this financial year offer scholarships to over 300 youths in local vocational training institutions in order to acquire specialized skills that will guarantee them unlimited opportunities in the booming construction industry.
Governor Benjamin Cheboi said his government has set aside adequate funds to sponsor 10 youths from each of the 30 wards. He urged the youths to take advantage of the opportunity in order to create wealth and alleviate the current runaway poverty ravaging most households.
In his New Year message Friday, the governor said the KCB Foundation will give out additional 150 scholarships to boost the county’s human capital by improving the skill capacity of local youth.
“We have improved our youth polytechnics and revised the curriculum to suit the contemporary training needs to not only spur development but also to improve competitiveness of our youths in the job market”, he emphasised.
Mr Cheboi said that there was need to equip the youth with relevant knowledge and technical expertise needed in the planned upcoming investments in the energy and oil exploration ventures and most importantly for self-reliance.
In addition, the county boss said his government was ready to disburse Sh 10 million in form of a county revolving loan fund to university students to finance higher education.
On the water sector, the governor said his government with support from the national government will construct a mega dam at Radad at a cost of Sh 5 billion to ensure availability of water for commercial, domestic and livestock consumption.
“For instance, we have doubled access to water from 35 per cent in 2013 to 60 per cent in 2015.The distribution works for Kirandich and Chemosus water dams to be completed this year will see thousands more of households get water,” he stated.
He added that the 100 boreholes being constructed by the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA) at an estimated cost of Sh 1 billion were over 80 % complete and due for handing over in March 2016.
The borehole construction project which commenced in 2013 and covers Baringo Central, Baringo North, Baringo South and East Pokot sub-counties is aimed at addressing perennial water shortages in the arid and semi-arid county.
According to Mr Cheboi the boreholes located in the water deficit areas of the county in which less than 30 per cent of the population access safe and clean water will benefit over 70,000 people in the four sub-counties.
In enumerating his achievements for the last three years, the governor maintained that his vision is to make sure that by 2017 provision of clean piped water will have reached 80 per cent coverage of households.
By Joshua Kibet