Busia County Governor HE Sospeter Ojaamong has urged the new Education Cabinet Secretary Prof George Magoha to ensure that funds for education infrastructure are fairly distributed to schools.
Speaking at Our Lady of Mercy Girls Secondary School, in Busia during a fundraising drive in aid of the construction of a dormitory last weekend, the Governor said there is enough money for schools’ infrastructural development in Nairobi and should be well disbursed countrywide.
“The funds are supposed to be issued to schools, but you have to be ‘known’ at the national officeto be able to access the funds; this is a very unfair way of disbursing government resources meant for public gain,” said governor Ojaamong.
Working relationship with Amina Mohammed
The governor further revealed that they had cultivated a working rapport with the former Education CS Ambassador Amina Mohammed, which helped them agree on the best way to improve schools infrastructure in Busia County.
He hoped that the new CS, Professor Magoha can be as accommodating as Amb. Amina, his predecessor.
Ojaamong appreciated the effort and excellent work that teachers in Busia County put in to deliver good results despite the limited resources at their disposal compared to other counties. He particularly encouraged students to study hard and achieve their desired dreams. He called upon parents to be the most desired guidance to their children so that they can help them succeed in their academics.
The Governor urged residents of Busia County to embrace tree planting campaigns in order to tame the diverse effects of climate change that have adversely caused degradation and destruction of water catchment areas in the region.
On the looming famine in the country, the governor encouraged county residents to start planting crops to ensure food security in the county.
Uganda Sugar imports
The Matayos Member of Parliament, who was also present at the fundraiser questioned the decision by the national government to increase sugar imports from Uganda. He said this will greatly hurt the two sugar factories in Busia County since the Ugandan sugar is likely to retail at a lower price than the local sugar.
The MP further faulted the plan to build a dry port in Naivasha, citing possible loss of jobs by clearing agents at the border town. He was afraid that this would increase cases of poverty and crime in the region.
Two million, one hundred thousand Kenya shillings was raised during the event. The money is expected to aid in the construction of a dormitory at the school.