Kwale Governor Salim Mvurya says his administration is out to address the challenges of education in the region.
Mvurya has promised to give the education sector the attention it deserves noting that it was crucial to alleviating poverty.
He said greater resources would be channeled to improve the quality of education standards in the area adding that he will not discriminate against anyone in bursary allocations but will work to ensure issues of education are addressed appropriately.
The governor was speaking on Thursday during celebrations to mark Jamhuri Day at Mkongani Primary School grounds.
The county boss noted that for the area to realize any meaningful development the quality of education must be enhanced.
He observed that education is the key to the development and progress of any society and asked residents to pay close attention to the education of their children.
“Investing in education will improve children access to school and in the long run enhance socio-economic development in the country,” he said.
The two term governor said before the inception of devolution in 2013 there is a lot that had not been done in Kwale.
“Levels of education were low, roads were pathetic, health services were down, but at least now we can boast to have made milestone in various sectors,” he said.
He said 773 qualified early childhood development teachers have been recruited by the devolved unit in the last four years and that they are putting up a Sh300 million teachers training college in the region.
“As we celebrate 56th Jamhuri Day in Kwale county we are proud to have initiated the Elimu ni Sasa programme where 4,800 students have been sponsored in national schools, 2000 students in various universities and 68 students went to India to pursue different specialized courses,” he said.
He said the county has also made milestones in the health sector where 100 new health facilities were built in the last six years and the Msambweni hospital has been upgraded to a referral facility.
Mvurya said his administration has also tarmacked Samburu-Kinango road, Lunga Lunga-Vanga, Milalani-Shimba hills roads.
He said through partnership with the National Government various industries have been realized in Kwale such as Shimoni fishing port project expected to create employment opportunities for the youths, the establishment of Fruit Processing Plant in Shimba hills and Kombani Fresh Farm Produce and Wholesale Market.
By Hussein Abdullahi