Boda Boda operators in Narok County have received Sh. 2.2 million from leaders in the county to boost their Sacco.
Led by the Governor Mr.Samuel Ole Tunai, the leaders said the money will improve the living standards of the young operators through loans to implement major projects.
“This is a way of creating employment among our young people in the boda boda industry as they can borrow the money from the Sacco with little interest to buy things like plots, matatus, livestock and start business,” he said.
Mr.Tunai asked the operators to maintain unity regardless of their ethnic backgrounds saying the county government was ready to accord them the necessary support.
The governor was speaking Friday at Uhuru Market Grounds in Majengo, near Narok town when he conducted a funds drive in aid of the Boda Boda operators.
During the fund drive, Tunai gave sh. 1.2 Million, the Narok County Women Representative Mrs. Soipan Kudate Sh. 200,000 and Narok town Member of County Assembly Mr. Benard Torome gave 100, 000 among others.
Tunai reiterated that the Saccos will bring back sanity in the industry that is faced by challenges like insecurity and accidents as they can easily identify those with ill motives.
He cautioned the operators against using loans irresponsibly and asked them to invest in projects that would benefit their families.
Mrs.Kudate asked the operators to observe traffic regulations to curb accidents in the area.
“We should be good examples in the transport sector by ensuring all operators have driving licenses, insurances, helmets, safety jackets and other traffic requirements,” she said.
She asked the traffic police to stop harassing boda boda operators and organize sensitization campaigns to educate them on traffic rules.
“I will personally sponsor 50 boda boda operators who do not have driving licenses to join driving school immediately,” she said.
The Narok town Boda Boda operators Chairman Mr. Sammy Sanka lauded the county government for supporting them and urged all operators in the town to join the Sacco to benefit from the loans.
“We will ensure that all our members have bikes of their own, before we start buying land and Matatus,” he said.
The Sacco dubbed Narok United Boda Boda Sacco has currently 300 registered members against an estimated 3000 motorbike operators in the area.
By Ann Salaton