The National Government officers based in Nandi County have been urged to apply for a car loan from the Motor Vehicle Scheme Fund to enhance service delivery.
Making the call during a sensitization forum for the civil servants at a Kapsabet Hotel, the Chief Executive (CEO) Salaries and Remuneration Commission, Ms Ann Gitau, said very few officers had applied for the loan since the facility was introduced back in 2014.
“We have over Sh. 3.8billion unused funds lying in the Scheme Fund waiting for the officers to pick up the loans. So far, about 100 officers have benefitted with Sh. 180 million,” said Gitau.
Gitau says the Fund was rolled out to enhance productivity and motivate officers working for the National Government. It was also meant to save public servants from being ridiculed by public.
“Owning a car as a civil servant is a status symbol. It also attracts and retains officers in the service,” she added.
Nandi County Commissioner, Geoffrey Omoding, who also attended the function encouraged the officers to take up the loans to enhance service delivery and change the view of the public upon civil servants.
“This is a prime opportunity for officers to own cars thus boosting their morale,” said Omoding.
Some of the requirements include duly filled application form, national ID, certified copies of pay slips for the last three months, motor vehicle valuation report and certified copy of logbook.
Civil servants between the grades of A to U qualify for loans between Sh.600, 000 to Sh4 million respectively while state officers, including Chief Executive Oficers of government agencies and Cabinet Secretaries qualify for between Sh. 5million to Sh. 10 million.
The officer administering the Fund is the custodian of the logbook until the loan is paid in full.
By Bethsheba Abuya