The government has disbursed more than Sh.400 million in Migori County this year alone to protect the older people and, orphaned and vulnerable children.
The Migori County Commissioner (CC), Joseph Rotich said the stipend disbursed under the social protection programme has become Jubilee’s major social pillar to ensure that the aged and children undergoing difficult living conditions are offered better lives.
At the same time, Rotich who briefed the press on the national government’s projects ongoing within the county, cited the numerous new roads undergoing construction at a cost of over Sh.15 billion in a span of less than five years.
The Masara-Kehancha road (74.8 km) is a classic example project undertaking done at a cost of Sh.5.6 billion. It has since its completion in 2018 opened the region for an expanded business web and easy movement of both human and goods cargo.
Another programme that Rotich says has benefited the residents a lot is the last miles electricity connection that has seen the region enjoy massive lighting within towns, markets and government institutions.
In the last three years, the national government is known to have spent over Sh.150m to light up towns and markets within the County.
Through an ambitious programme mooted in 2016, the region has witnessed led-lights being installed along strategic streets and spots within the local towns and rural markets.
Rotich says a total of 1,678 led lights have been installed at various towns and rural markets at a cost of Sh.151, 195,831.22 within this period.
At the same time, the programme that has been embraced by the local population as key to fighting insecurity has seen Rongo University benefit from 63 lights spread across its compound.
Rotich also reported that a total of 618 local schools had by mid-October last year been connected to the national grid and to solar power supply under the government’s last-miles power connectivity programme.
The state has also spent billions of shillings in acquiring sophisticated health equipment for the local health facilities that have totally changed health services in the area.
The renal section at the Migori level four referral hospital is now functional courtesy of the provision of the machines that has saved patients from depending on Kenyatta National Hospital for their treatment.
There are also huge water programmes being supported by the government. For instance, the Migori Water projects funded at a cost of over Sh.2 billion that has revolutionized the area’s water treatment and supplies to the local population.
By George Agimba