Governor Kenneth Lusaka has announced that his Administration has allocated 114 Million for scholarship beneficiaries and a further 180 Million for bursaries across the wards.
Speaking at Mabanga ATC as he launched the 6th Cohort of the Bungoma County Scholarship beneficiaries, Lusaka reaffirmed his commitment to streamlining both the scholarship and county bursary scheme.
“Like I promised during the campaigns I will streamline the bursary and scholarship scheme, ignore naysayers saying I will scrap it off, I am very committed to what I pledged,” said governor Lusaka.
He called for decentralization of vetting committees to ensure there is no duplication of beneficiaries to ensure majority of deserving students are captured.
“I agree with the MPs who have spoken that we need a centralized vetting committee to ensure no duplication of beneficiaries so that majority of our students are captured,” he added.
Governor urged the Department of Education to publish and hang the list of all beneficiaries at their respective Ward Administrators’ offices.
He also stated that the funds would be sent directly to the school bank accounts of beneficiaries to curb corruption cases witnessed when using cheques and also reduce on costs incurred to deliver cheques to institutions.
The county allocated Ksh. 4 Million in each Ward for the county Bursary Scheme kitty that’s set to benefit close to 36,000 students within the county.
Deputy Governor Janepher Mbatiany, MPs; John Makali (Kanduyi), Didmus Barasa (Kimilili), Jack Wamboka (Bumula), Murumba Chikati (Tongaren), CECMs, a section of Mcas led by the Deputy Majority leader Joan Kirong were present