The County Government will award bursaries to deserving students only, His Excellency Francis Governor Kimemia has said.
Speaking while closing a validation session for the County’s second County Integrated Development Plan (2018-2022) at Rurii PCEA Hall in Rurii Ward, Ol’Kalou Sub-County, Governor Kimemia said his administration has tightened its bursary system.
The County head said he has directed the Department of Education, Gender Affairs, Culture and Social Services to ensure full public participation in the issuance of county bursaries.
“I have particularly directed that there be barazas in every ward, through which members of the public will confirm details of every applicant. Days of County bursary funds falling into undeserving hands are over in Nyandarua,” he said.
The Governor asked all school heads to aid in deepening access to County bursaries for the needy by resisting the temptation to falsify fee balances.
“This is a situation in which the County Government has become a source of limitless funding for some individuals. My Government will not allow this to continue,” he warned.
He challenged players in the sector to reflect on how the National Government’s commitment to pay tuition for day scholars could affect comprehensive efforts to support needy learners.
He also asked communities around Nyandarua to support efforts to build learning centers for beginners.
“The hard work of constructing such early child development centers as Rurii-Gatitu cannot, for instance, be left to struggling parents alone. My Government will play its part. We will all need to play our part,” he said.
The County Government has already initiated a school feeding programme to boost learners’ health, which will kick-off across all wards once this year’s supplementary budget has been approved.
At the same time, Governor Kimemia said regulators must involve wananchi in determining the number of bars they would like to have in their vicinity.
He noted that County townships are littered with over 1,230 bars, wine and spirit kiosks, some of which are selling illicit brews.
He warned that the brews could threaten hospitality and tourism sectors, which need to grow to benefit from his direction that County Government seminars and workshops be held within Nyandarua.
“No local business will thrive unless we stamp our substance and alcohol abuse in our County. The Sub county and Ward administrators must enforce this,” he said.
The National Authority for the Campaign against Drugs Abuse (NACADA) is set to build a regional rehabilitation center in Nyandarua, following consultations with the Governor on Thursday.