H.E. Governor Granton Samboja has officially launched the 2021 Scholarship Award where cheques collectively valued at Ksh 20 million were given to 100 students drawn from all 20 Wards in the County.
During the ceremony, Governor Samboja congratulated the beneficiaries adding that the process of winning the financial and material aid was competitive and merit-based.
“ Take advantage of this opportunity. Resist social evils and indulgences. Make your parents proud,” Governor advised.
County Executive Committee Member CECM in charge of Education, Libraries and Vocational Training Centres VTCs Defence Manga termed the chosen a lucky lot and should aim towards transitioning to university.
CEO Education Fund Board Philip Mwangwale noted that under Governor Samboja’s administration beneficiaries have increased from 29 to 100.
“ For the last 3 intakes, the criteria was revised so that more students could be picked. Gender parity was observed such that 51 boys and 49 girls won the scholarships,” Mr Mwangwale added.
Vice-Chair Education Committee Lilian Machocho asked students to uphold utmost discipline and high education standards so that they could achieve their dreams.
“ This fund is to enable transition into secondary education. The fund domesticates Sustainable Development Goals SDG 4 to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all. It also aims to provide equal access to affordable vocational training, to eliminate gender and wealth disparities, and achieve universal access to a quality higher education,” Governor remarked.
Flattening the curve
The County Boss asked citizens to protect themselves from coronavirus as the County has 55 active cases.
“ 7 have been admitted at Mwatate and another 7 in Wesu. 3 are in critical condition and rushed to Mombasa. This is the 4th wave, wear your masks correctly and maintain hygiene by washing hands with soap and water or sanitize,” Governor noted.
He then donated a consignment of 1,000 face masks so that residents could protect themselves from the coronavirus pandemic.
He suspended all project launches for the next 14 days in a bid to contain infections and ultimately flatten the curve.
“ However, the Mwatate Sub County Hospital may be launched any time from now as this will be vital to reverse cases of the COVID-19 pandemic. Residents will not need to seek medical attention in neighbouring counties and countries, “ Governor concluded.
The medical facility will have a 160-bed capacity ward, with a state-of-the-art theatre and ICU.
Governor was accompanied by Members of County Assembly MCAs Paul Waweru- Chair Education Committee, Godfrey Mwambi- Mbololo Ward, Abednego Mwanjala- Mwatate Ward, Newton Kifuso- Wumingu/Kishushe, Ahmed Omar- Kaloleni Ward, Frank Kichoi- Chawia Ward, Jones Maskuji- Mboghoni, Chief of Staff Rachel Dawai, Chief of Protocol Amos Mkari Saleh, Governor’s Adviser Gender- Priscilla Mwangeka, Governor’s Political Adviser Bigvai Mwailemi, Governor’s PA Wilfred Mwalimo, Governor’s Economic Adviser Matthew Njoroge, County Chief Officer CCO Education Evelyn Mngoda, Administrator Governor’s Office Loice Shali among other senior County officials.