Busia County Government has set aside Sh300m for upgrading of roads to bitumen standards in the border towns of Busia and Malaba targeting a total of 10 kilometres.
Governor Sospeter Ojaamong in his official speech during Madaraka Day Celebrations at Busia Stadium said a further Sh60m has been set aside for construction of major drainage structures (Bridges and Box Culverts) across the county.
Ojaamong said his government has made a big stride in terms of provision of clean and safe water to its residents, adding that they have rehabilitated 120 hand pumps, 70 shallow wells, 35 springs and four water pans.
“I wish to announce that my government will in the next week commission construction of 128 solar powered boreholes across the county,” he said, adding that a total of 79 solar powered boreholes are already in use and has eased the accessibility of water to households.
He said a total of 1809 students across the County benefitted from the Sh27 million Revolving Fund offered by his government in partnership with Higher Education Loans Board, adding that a further Sh28m will be availed as top up and for new applicants.
“My government also issued over 107.3 million as Education bursary. This includes Sh50m as mainstream bursary for secondary schools and a further Sh57.3m was issued through Ward Development Funds to carter for secondary, middle level colleges, university and youth polytechnics students.
The Governor arrived at the venue accompanied by County Commissioner Mongo Chimwanga clad in grey suit and light green shirt. Other in his entourage included Deputy Governor Kizito Wangalwa, Speaker Bernard Wamalwa, First Lady Judy Ojaamong, CECs, Chief Officers, sub county and ward administrators clad in their official attire.
Disciplined forces including Kenya Police, Administration Police and Kenya Prisons under the command of Chief Inspector Peter Losire made march past parade before the Governor and County Commissioner.
Since 2013 when my government took over the reigns of power we have employed 400 new health staff including 153 who were under Economic Stimulus Programme. This brings to 1,300 the total workforce in the health sector,” Ojaamong said.
Ojaamong said his government has also set aside Sh70.4m as ECDE grant while Kshs 157,000 has been allocated to each school for the purchase of learning materials in 439 schools. Also Ksh10,000 has been allocated as monthly stipend for ECDE caregivers.
My government absorbed 43 Youth Polytechnic instructors who were under economic stimulus programme on permanent terms. We also undertook to employ a further 50 instructors with 39 already employed,” he added.
To enhance trade, the Governor said his Government has entered into an agreement with Centre for Youth Linkages and Empowerment Programmes (CYLEP) to build two markets worth Sh400m in Malaba and Busia towns.
Also 1,400 modern stalls will be constructed in 12 centres across the county. Upon completion, the markets will house a banking hall, hotel, conference facilities, grocery, whole sale shops and 200 parking slots.
Between January and end of May, 2016 a total of 20km per each of the 35 wards have been graded, bringing the total to 700km.
An additional 115km of roads have been graded and gravelled using Road Maintenance Levy Fund from Kenya Roads Board in the 2015/2016 financial year which saw a total of 815km of roads maintained to date but works are still in progress,” he said.