Some 9,772 high school students across Kisumu, have a reason to smile after they received bursaries worth KSh 45m from the County government.
Owili said today’s disbursement brings to KSh 160,722,826 the total amount of bursaries and scholarships the county has given to students in high schools, Universities, Colleges and Driving schools in all the Seven Sub Counties in the past two years.
“Today, we have gathered here to once again confirm our commitment in ensuring that needy children realise their career aspirations and dreams by paying their fees,” said Dr Owili.
Dr Owili represented the Governor, Prof Peter Anyang’ Nyong’o at the ceremony also attended by Executive Committee Members- John Awiti (Education, ICT and Human resource Development), George Okong’o (Finance and Economic Planning, Salmon Orimba (Water, Environment and Climate Change) and County Secretary, Mr Geoffrey Kigochi.
Others in attendance were the area (Mlilmani/ Market ward) MCA, Seth Adui Kanga and the Chairman of the Education Committee at the County Assembly, Pastor David Arao.
Dr Owili said the County Government had resolved to start sponsoring students willing to pursue marine studies at the new Marine School which was opened by President Uhuru Kenyatta during his recent visit to Kisumu.
“The Cabinet has resolved that beginning next Financial year, we will pay fees to at least Two students from each of the 35 to help them study at the Marine school,” said the DG.
He added: “One of the best ways Kisumu County can t benefit from this Marine School is to have many of our people studying there. Even those who can afford fees should start looking for opportunities there.”
Last January, Kisumu County forked out scholarships worth Ksh 57,230,025 to 1,260 beneficiaries in Universities and Driving schools.
“These bursaries and scholarships, have changed the lives of many needy students who have been disparately seeking assistance to enable them pursue dream careers,” he said, adding that the selection of beneficiaries had been rigorous and above board.
The MCAs: Mr Kanga and Pastor Arao praised Prof Nyong’o’s government for its continued support to needy students and vowed to continue supporting him.
Dr Owili asked the bursary beneficiaries to work had and succeed in their studies as a way of reciprocating the good gesture from the County government.
He also appealed to Kisumu residents to help fight Covid-19 by adhering to the health protocols.
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