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MP asks county govt to invest in education

19 February 2014, 20:53 Dareel Eric

Vihiga - Emuhaya MP Wilbur Ottichilo has asked the county government of Vihiga to invest more money in the education sector to produce human resource as the county has inadequate potentiality for industries investment.

He said that the county could only generate revenue by exporting human resource if it cannot create avenues for reducing the level of unemployment that stands at an average of 67 percent.

“More cash should be set aside for education. The county has the greatest potential for human resource and should therefore invest in that opportunity by sponsoring our many children who are disadvantaged,” Ottichilo said.

He said that the county’s population of over 500 000 people can be utilised like in Malaysia, because the available land is inadequate to accommodate factories.  

He spoke in a recent function at Mbale, where he noted that many children from the county cannot assess an education due to their poor backgrounds and thus they often stay at home for lack of fees.

Ottichilo said that it was high time for the county to create a revolving fund in the next budget so that it can solely benefit students who are in need of money to learn.

“In the recent past,many children found themselves not attending school because they have no one to help them, and acquiring help from the national government was a difficult task,” he said.

He added that now that county governments are near to the people, no students should be chased for school fees.

The county was supportive only of students who were joining national schools, where over twenty of them were sponsored through the John Madete Foundation, Cooperative Bank, Kenya Commercial Bank and the county government.

Akaranga said that the county government was working on modalities to introduce a fund that will sponsor students in institutions of higher learning and bursaries for students in the lower institutions.

He said that they were going to engage the county assembly to help factor the fund in the supplementary budget which is due to be tabled in the county assembly.  

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