Embrace agricultural courses, Governor Obado advises universities in Migori

Migori County Governor Okoth Obado has called on all universities establishing their branches in Migori County to focus mostly on agriculture related courses.

This, he stressed, will equip the residents with relevant skills on agriculture especially in semi-arid areas like Nyatike.

Obado said the county government had allocated Rongo University 50 acres land in Nyatike where he expected the management to establish a branch dealing majorly with agriculture related courses to trigger interest for extensive agriculture in the county.

He said other universities like Kisii that have shown interest in establishing a branch at Rapogi in Uriri sub County must ensure that they major on agricultural courses.

Obado who was speaking when he issued school fees to 200 students, who benefited from the Migori county Governor scholarship programme that began 2014, admitted that the criteria used in selecting the student who benefited from the scholarship was flawed by his own officers.

He, however, said the second selection this year must be done in accordance with the laid down guidelines saying that any of his officers who shall influence the outcome of the selection will be subjected to punitive action.

The Governor also warned non performing students of losing the scholarship saying that the county government will replace them with other bright but needy students.

He stressed that the scholarship will only benefit those bright but needy students adding that they must be from public primary schools.

Migori County spent Sh 20 million to fund the scholarship in 2014.

By Pauline Odondi/George Agimba