Deputy President William Ruto has today urged leaders to mobilize students in their respective areas to enroll in Technical Training Institutes (TTIs) as part of efforts to transform and expand the sector.
Mr. Ruto said the Government’s commitment to invest heavily in technical education would only benefit Kenyans if they registered their children in such institutions.
Speaking in Lunga Lunga constituency, Kwale County, during the launch of the construction work on the Kanana-Shimoni-Vanga road, Mr. Ruto said the Government has carried out reforms in the sector including reduction of fees to make it attractive to Kenyans.
He said students joining technical institutes would each benefit from a Government’s grant of Sh 30,000.
Mr Ruto was accompanied by Kwale Governor Salim Mvurya, MPs Suleiman Dori (Msamweni), Khatib Mwashetani (Lunga Lunga), Benjamin Tayari (Kinango), Patrick Mariro (Laikipia West), Kazim Tandaza (Matuga). Juma Boy (Kwale) and Ali Mbogo (Kisauni).
He said the construction and equipping of the Lunga Lunga TTI was complete, saying students would be admitted to the institution in September, this year.
“As part of our efforts to improve technical education, I urge leaders to help us mobilize students to join the technical constitutes that have been constructed and equipped across the country,” said Mr Ruto.
He added: “The shortage of artisans, technologists, plumbers can be solved if we get as many students as possible joining technical institutes.”
The Deputy president, at the same time, asked leaders to unite and focus their energies on development.
Mr Ruto said leaders should be preoccupied with development projects that have direct impact on the lives of the people since time for politicking was over.
Mr Ruto said leaders unity and teamwork was key to the successful implementation of the Big Four projects-manufacturing, Healthcare, food security and housing.
“It is time for us as leaders to focus on service delivery to Kenyans especially on the Big Four development agenda that we have for our people,” said Mr Ruto.
The Deputy President said more dams and boreholes were being constructed in Kwale County to address the problem of water shortage as well as provide water for irrigation purposes.
Mr Ruto said the Governmnet has connected 46,000 households in Kwale County up from 16,000 in 2013, adding that plans were underway to connect another 10,000 households at a cost of Sh 500million.
He assured residents in the region that the Governmnet would serve all Kenyans irrespective of how they voted during the last General Election, saying development has nothing to do with issues of elections.
The leaders said they would support the Government’s development agenda for the region for the benefit of the people.
Mr Mbogo said the region has benefitted greatly from the Jubilee Administration in terms of development projects despite the residents voting for the Opposition during 2013 and 2017 General Elections.
“It is when Jubilee took over the leadership of this country that our people benefitted greatly in development. Imagine, 16 roads are under construction in my constituency despite being an Opposition MP,” said Mr Dori.
Mr Tandaza told Coastal people to ignore leaders who were opposed to their support for the Governmnet describing such individuals as enemies of development.
“We have had bad politics in this region for a long time. But we have now decided that we will rally behind the Governmnet and support Mr Ruto in 2022 for the top seat,” said Mr Tandaza.
Mr Tayari said his constituency has benefitted from 43 kilometers of tarmac, courtesy of the Jubilee administration telling off those opposed to their move to work with the Governmnet.
Governor Mvurya told leaders drawn from the Opposition who have resolved to work with the Governmnet not to be scared of criticism from their colleagues, saying what they were doing was for the benefit of the people.
“By working with the Governmnet, we are addressing the challenges facing our people and no one should threaten our us for the stand we have taken for the benefit of our people,” said Mr Mvurya.
The leaders vowed to mobilise their supporters to back Mr Ruto for presidency in 2022.
“Mr Ruto is not the only front runner for the top seat in 2022 but the right candidate to be the president when President Uhuru Kenyatta terms comes to an end,” said Mr Tayari.
The 70-kilometre road would be constructed to bitumen and maintenance standards at a cost of Sh 3.2billion and was expected to be complete in three years.