The Vihiga County Education Fund has received a total of Sh.125 M from the National Treasury for bursaries.
Addressing County government staff and members of the press in a Vihiga hotel on Wednesday, where he spelt out his scorecard for the 200 days in office, Governor Wilber Ottichilo said that with the funding, he does not expect any needy child to fail accessing education because of lack of fees.
Ottichillo called upon ward bursary committees to do a professional job and ensure that only deserving cases benefit from the fund.
From the received funds, each of the 25 wards from Vihiga County will receive a total of Sh. 4,850,000, where Sh.4 M will go to bursaries as the rest goes to Technical and Vocational Education Training (TVET).
This is a Kitty meant to help needy children whose parents cannot raise fees. I don’t want a situation where those who don’t deserve the funds are beneficiaries as deserving cases go unattended to. No beneficiary should get less than Sh 5, 000, ordered Ottichilo.
The governor noted that Vihiga County is the smallest devolved unit in the country; but densely populated, and outlined the need for the leadership and the people to draw a balance on how social, economic and political activities are conducted to fast track development.
Defending his development record for the 200 days, Ottichilo called for patience from the electorate saying that much of his time has been spent on putting structures in place, and he expects more development projects, beginning with the stalled ones, to be completed in the next four years.
He hit out at the previous County regime for failing to put in place institutional structures and frameworks on which development could be anchored promising that the next five years will not be business as usual.
The first phase of devolution failed to put in place structures to propel development of the County to enviable heights. This is what we have done in my 200 days in office.
As I promised during campaigns, I have come up with a leaner executive of competent men and women who will deliver devolution to the people of Vihiga, he declared.
Out of the 12 Chief Officers nominated by the governor, four were rejected by the County Assembly on various grounds ranging from lack of experience amid claims of bribery.
However, the governor was quick to defend the four nominees who were rejected, saying that he believes they have what it takes to carry the County forward in the positions they were nominated.
He promised to carry out investigations on the bribery claims warning that the chief officers, who will be found guilty, will be stripped off their positions.
Yes I have heard claims that some chief officers, whom I nominated, bribed some Members of the County Assembly to be cleared. This is a matter I welcome investigations on, and those who will be found guilty will be sacked and be prosecuted, he said.
Source: Kenya News Agency