Residents of Saboti Sub County in Trans Nzoia County have been urged to invest in education for the region’s future prosperity.
Trans Nzoia County Commissioner (CC) Mr Samson Ojwang, while speaking during a public meeting at Saboti trading centre said, “We want to remind our parents the National Government through Ministry of Education is committed towards fighting illiteracy and poverty by ensuring all Kenyan children acquire basic and secondary education.” He instructed chiefs and village elders to ensure all children in the area were enrolled in school.
“The government is going to deal with parents whose children are not in school,” warned Ojwang, who cautioned parents and guardians against engaging children in unnecessary activities that border on child labour.
“Education is the only important investment the government and parents
can offer to the young ones,” he added.
With the introduction of Competence Based Curriculum (CBC), the county Commissioner challenged local politicians and other stakeholders to join hands with the government to ensure its seamless implementation.
“In fact Competence Based Curriculum fits very well in the new system of governance where devolved units have unique needs that can be resolved through production of required and qualified personnel,” observed Ojwang.
He cited athletics as one of the unique sporting activity that can spur economic growth and development in Saboti Sub County.
“The mountainous terrain here provides the best environment for producing world winning athletes,” he noted, citing a few notable athletes who trained in the area before bagging national and international awards.
He further called on local politicians to provide support by assisting the national and county government initiated projects and programmes aimed at developing the sporting activity.
“We are appealing to the political class, investors and well-wishers to consider investing heavily in athletics here in Saboti,” urged Ojwang, adding that the region was suitable for establishment of a training stadium.
And with the CBC’s structure of education taking shape, the County Commissioner encouraged local administrators, parents and teachers to help identify and nurture different talents from among the learners.
At the same time, Ojwang used the occasion to introduce Trans Nzoia West Deputy County Commissioner Mr Charles Ocharo to the residents.
As the Office of the President begins to officially decentralize government services from the county’s headquarters in Kitale to Saboti, Ocharo will in the meantime act as Saboti Deputy County Commissioner until when a substantive office holder is deployed to the area.
“We want to thank President Uhuru Kenyatta for responding to the people of Saboti’s plea and allowing decentralization of government services,” remarked Ojwang.
The county commissioner told the jubilant residents that decentralization of government services would greatly save them cost and time incurred as they travelled to Kitale to seek for the same.
By Maurice Aluda