By Dan Nyamanga.
Nyamira 25 February 2021.…………………..Nyamira governor Amos Nyaribo on Wednesday released bursaries to need students worth Ksh.126 million to benefit over 135,000 needy cases.
The county bursaries fund kitty was started in 2016 by then late governor John Nyagarama to support poor families across the county access basic education.
Launching the kitty, governor Nyaribo said that there was need to change the process of giving out the bursaries noting that the money meant to help the poor was being siphoned through ghost students.
Nyaribo noted that over 360 students were not accounted for in some selected schools in his random check on the benefiting students.
“In a single school,over 100 students never existed in the school but money has been allocated to them”, wondered Nyaribo as he asked the security officers to investigate and apprehend the perpetrators.
“We have set measures on how we are going to identify the needy students and ensure that the money doesn’t end into the wrong hands of thirsty for money people. We are investigating some isolated cases which we have noted that money has been allocated to non existing students and which could lead to lose of public funds and disadvantage others”, said Nyaribo.
Nyaribo also said he will initiate a program that will see needy students supported by the County bursary kitty from Primary school to universities.
“In the coming days ,we will initiate a program to ensure that only poor and deserving children benefit from this kitty and get sponsorship all through to university. We will improve on the vetting to get the right beneficiaries”, added Nyaribo.
The money was supposed to be released last year but delayed due to closure of schools occasioned by Corona virus pandemic.