The recently-elected executive of the Nyandarua County Tertiary Students Association (NCTSA) led by the Chairman Mr. Moses Marite attended a meeting with His Excellency Governor Francis Kimemia at his office in Ol’Kalou.Here are a few highlights of what they discussed.
1.A policy to guide the engagement and management of interns under the County Government has been drafted. The program’s implementation will fulfil a key pledge Governor Kimemia made to young people ahead of his election last year. He will assent to it, once it has been subjected to debate and approval in the County Assembly. The Governor is networking with Nyandarua’s professionals, private firms and government agencies to offer additional internships outside the County. For stakeholders with a foothold within Nyandarua such as Sasumua, he is making the case that it is in their enlightened self-interest to consider our comrades.
2.Upon the Governor’s direction, the association’s leadership will receive office space and stationery from the Department of Education, Gender Affairs, Culture and Social Services. Under the department and in conjunction with First Lady Her Excellency (Amb.) Ann Kimemia, we have agreed that NCTSA members will now conduct mentorship in Nyandarua’s 25 wards, provide sanitary towels to the girl child and study materials to learners ahead of a joint education day early next year.
3.Low and inadequate funding from the National Government locked out a high number of needy applicants from the County bursary in the 2017/18 Financial Year. In the last disbursement, 937 tertiary students benefited, a number the County Government will increase this year. The Governor asked the NCTSA executive to liaise with Constituency Development Fund offices to avoid double allocations. In liaison with the Higher Education Loans Board, both NCTSA and his administration will create a space in which tertiary students can – among other issues – access tuition funding, appeal whenever rejected or vary awarded amounts.
4.NCTSA members will be incorporated in other County Government activities for professional exposure, including by providing voluntary ushering services, conducting Beyond Zero campaigns at the grassroots each month and targeted training under the Ajira Digital and related programs.
5.Under the Nyandarua Goes Green campaign, the County Government will further offer land within Nyandarua for NCTSA to set up tree nursery beds in collaboration with the Kenya Forest Service, which will be planted on International Forest Day on March 21 of each year. Members will plant, distribute, plant and monitor the development of the trees.
6.In the next one month, NCTSA will also receive a briquette machine. Members will visit a site in Ndemi to familiarize themselves with the machine’s operations. They will also get a charcoal briquette machine from the County Government, which will help the association generate funds internally while creating jobs for some of our youths.
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