Over 16,000 Nakuru Students to Receive Bursary in 3rd Phase

NAKURU, Kenya 30th April 2015 – Over 49,000 students in Nakuru have benefited from the Nakuru county bursary program in the last two years.

Speaking during a bursary disbursement ceremony in the county headquarters, Governor Kinuthia Mbugua has said that this number represents a 10th of enrolled students in the county.

He noted that the disbursement has contributed in improving and increasing access to education which is a fundamental right in the constitution.

‘This program has also a high impact socially, economically and politically in the society and it has also played a key role in retaining students in schools which impacts on the education standards in the county,’ he said.

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The governor reiterated the need for the county to improve education standards despite education being a core area of the national government adding that nakuru county will continue to support education.

‘We must work towards building a literate society. Enhancing and sustaining quality education is difficult but we are determined and through a program like this we will achieve,’ the governor said.

On this third phase of the disbursement, 16,907 students from all over the county will benefit from the bursary funds.

They include needy students from primary, secondary, special schools, driving schools and university level.

The CEC for Education Prof. Catherine Kitetu called on parents of needy students to take advantage of this program to educate their children.

A total of Shs 55M was disbursed and each ward will get SHS 1M each for the program.

400M Ksh to Deal with Nakuru Water Crisis

NAKURU, Kenya 29th April 2015 – Water crisis in Nakuru county will be a thing of the past following the allocation of over Shs. 400M to the water sector in the next financial year budget, Governor Kinuthia Mbugua has said.

Speaking while officially opening a water project in Maela ward in Naivasha, Mbugua said water issue has been a big challenge in Nakuru County and there was need to increase the allocation as one way of dealing with the crisis.

‘Last year we allocated Shs 196M to the water sector but we were still faced with shortages which led to the rationing of the water and also the need to find long term measures. This increment in the budget is just one of the long term measures,’ he said.

The governor noted the importance of water in poverty reduction and improvement of health in the society saying that the county through the ministry of environment, water, energy and natural resources will find solutions to deal with the high level of fluoride in the water project launched yesterday.

‘Our aim is to not only provide water to our people but clean and quality water that will not affect the health of our people in any way,’ noted Mbugua.

He also added that the water coverage which stood at 53% last year has improved to 72% following the short term measures the county undertook in the last few months.

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Mbugua regretted the reported suspected cases of cholera in Nakuru town terming it as unfortunate.

He however assured the residents of the county that health officers are vigilant on the issue adding that clean water will also contribute to the fight against water borne diseases.

At the same time, Governor Mbugua called on residents to appreciate devolution which he said has brought development to mwananchi’s doorstep.

‘Through devolution we are seeing the light and now we are able to participate fully and eradicate poverty.

Am sure everyone can attest to the fact that the development rate in our areas has risen compared to two years ago when all development responsibilities befell the national government,’ he observed.

The Shs 12M water project dubbed the Moindabi Development Empowerment Initiative was initiated five years ago by development partners from New Zealand with the aim of creating self-reliance in the community by supporting small-scale farming.

John Blaiklock who heads the project said they are ready to work with the County Government of Nakuru in providing water to each household.

While calling for the unity of the people living in that area, Governor Mbugua said the county will contribute Shs 5M toward the same project for extension.

‘This water project should bring everyone together. How can you have differences whereas you are using the same source of water,’ he posed.

The water project was also officially handed over to the county for maintenance, a move that the CeC for Environment, Water and Natural Resources Richard Rop applauded and assured the residents that they will work together to see that the project is sustained.

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