Turkana governor Josphat Nanok has revealed that the County in partnership with the Higher Education Loans Board (HELB) plans to disburse Ksh 50 M for students’ scholarship.
Nanok appealed to the County Assembly of Turkana to hasten the enactment of requisite regulations to operationalize the loan scheme.
The Governor said the County skills development fund had boosted the number of students in colleges and universities and promised to engage with Members of Parliament to streamline distribution of bursaries to ensure all needy students benefitted from the kitty.
Speaking in a meeting organised by the Turkana County University Students Association (TUCUSA), Governor Nanok challenged university students to be innovative and focused to be in a better position to engage with the County Government, partners, and the private sector.
“You have to be proactive in developing innovative ideas which you can use to engage governments to seek funding. The annual TUCUSA gala can be a forum for innovative ideas and we can rope in the private sector to help students grow as we support the best ideas,” he said.
Commenting on unemployment, the Governor said the County would support investments through private sector as an alternative source of employment. He highlighted ongoing construction of Biashara Centres in Lodwar and Kakuma, which he said, will act as centres for business incubation to support the business.
Nanok pledged to leverage on the good relationship with development organizations working in the county to provide internship opportunities for graduates in the County.
He announced that there were opportunities for mentorship for women leaders including within TUCUSA in the County Government’s partnership with Borlange Municipality of Sweden on the development of Lodwar Municipality.