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Governor launches youth and women empowerment programme

Isiolo Governor Abdi Guyo has launched a youth support programme in which some residents benefited with motorbikes, Tuk-tuk rickshaws and two Public Service vehicles vans among other equipment.

In an event held in Isiolo town, the governor donated a total of 100 motorbikes, four Tuk-tuks, two PSV vans, 100 sewing machines, 100 salon equipment, 30 shaving machines and 10 car washing machines and tanks to Isiolo youth and women.

Speaking during the launch on Friday, Mr Guyo said that the programme is geared towards supporting the youth and women to enable them to earn a daily income so as to improve their living standards.

He noted that the process of identifying the beneficiaries of the equipment was devoid of corruption and discrimination as he adopted a new strategy of identifying the most vulnerable in the community.

Mr Guyo said his government had renovated a total of 22 boreholes and nine were drilled as other development partners sunk eight since he assumed power in August last year.

“We have rolled out a school feeding programme in all the 169 Early Childhood Development Education (ECDE) centres within the county,” Guyo said.

He noted that the Isiolo County government has received Sh 1.5 billion from the national government for the construction of roads which will go a long way in improving 31 roads that have already been graded.

The governor further added that in line with President William Ruto’s agenda of setting up aggregation centres in each county, his government has set aside Sh250 million and the national government will give out an additional Sh250 million to facilitate this project.

The meeting was also attended by County Commissioner Geoffrey Omoding, and Deputy Governor James Lowasa among other government officials.

Lowasa said that this is a noble programme that will change the lives of the youth and women within the county if put into proper use and urged residents to give the county and national governments time to fulfil the campaign promises.

He noted that all hospitals and dispensaries are equipped with the necessary facilities and medicines to offer quality health services to the people.

The County Commissioner said that the national government will work closely with the county government to enable fulfilment of the development agenda adding that Isiolo received close to Sh18 million to mitigate the effects of the recent prolonged drought.

“This programme being launched by the governor is in line with President Ruto’s bottom-up transformation agenda of lifting the vulnerable members of the society,” Mr Omoding said.

By Harnam Mohamed and  Kirimi Raphael

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