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18 Jul
By: Joyce Mutai 0 0

BAMBOO PLANTATION EXERCISE BEGINS AT KIBIRONG WETLANDS

Chief Administrative Secretary Ministry of Environment and Forestry Hon. Mohammed Elmi, Kenya Water Towers Agency Chief Executive Officer Professor Maritim and other representatives from different Environment agencies today visited  Nandi to familiarize themselves with projects being undertaken by Kenya Water Towers and other agencies within the Ministry.

The team toured Kibirong and Kingwal wetlands. The County Government of Nandi has set aside 50 acres of land  for plantation of bamboo at Kibirong wetlands as a demonstration farm.

Speaking at Kibirong, Deputy Governor Dr. Yulita Cheruiyot emphasized on the County’s commitment to improve the livelihoods of the community as well as conserve the environment. “We welcome our partners as we strive to improve our forest cover and capacity build our communities on how to appreciate the wetlands and earn a living out of it” she added.

Kibirong wetlands covers close to 500 acres within Kaptumo and Koyo wards located within Aldai Sub County. Among the socio-economic activities benefiting the community includes water supply for irrigation, timber and papyrus production, research and education.

As much as the wetlands has positive benefits to the community, the wetland also faces human threats like planting of eucalyptus trees around the wetland, deforestation for timber and firewood, soil harvesting and brick making and over grazing among others.

Other development partners present included officials from Kenya Wildlife Service, National Environment Management Authority, Netfund and Kenya Forest Service.

Over 1000 bamboo seedlings were planted today. Bamboos when well managed mature at 5 years and annual harvest thereafter.

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18 Jul
By: Patrick Yego 0 0

COUNTY GOVERNMENT TO LOOK INTO THE CONCERNS OF ECDE TEACHERS

Early Childhood Development and Education (ECDE) is an important priority area for every child in Kenya. It is the foundation for igniting the child’s potential for lifelong adaptability, innovation and communication skills.

The County Government of Nandi is focused on improving the ECDE services within the county; this is through improving the infrastructure used by the ECDE children and also by taking into consideration the welfare of the teachers. There have been numerous challenges facing the sector.

In the process towards addressing these challenges, the Department of Education and Vocational Training led by the Ag. Chief Officer Jonathan Misoi and ECDE Director Samwel Biwott held a meeting with stakeholders and more than 200 ECDE teachers from Chesumei Subcounty.

Photo: ECDE teachers from Chesumei

The main agenda of the meeting was to create an open forum to highlight the issues that directly affect the teachers. ECD caregivers play an important role in building a child’s success in their first years of school. Teachers do more than facilitate arts and crafts projects throughout the day. They provide structure and help children grow in their reading and writing skills, teach science and help children understand themselves.

Speaking during the meeting Chief Officer Jonathan Misoi pointed out that caregivers help foster growth intellectually, it is just as important to help children grow in their physical abilities. The Department of Education and Vocational Training is taking a step forward to ensure that our children are given proper care while in school. There was a meeting earlier with the teachers from Emgwen subcounty and the team is looking forward to meeting teachers from the remaining 4 sub counties in Nandi.

Photo: Ag. Chief Officer Education Jonathan Misoi

Director Biwott added that ECDE lays the foundation for kids to understand what school actually is. Teachers use a variety of methods to help children grow cognitively, as well as conceptually. A positive relationship with preschool teachers can make an exponential difference in a child’s success as they continue through elementary school. He urged the teachers to use the right channel when presenting their issues and also appreciate the support and take great care of structures which are being put up by the County Government. Currently there are 60 ECD centres which have been constructed by the County Government of Nandi and more than 50 others which are to start.

Photo: ECDE Director Samwel Biwott

Trained Eye Teachers Association (TETA) chairman Kennedy Koech applauded the County government’s effort in supporting the learning in ECDE Centres across the county. He further recommended the Department of Education and Vocational Training to look into the concerns of the teachers and find possible ways to address them.

Photo: TETA Chairman Kennedy Koech

Currently, there are 4843 girls and 5022 boys enrolled for the ECDE in Chesumei Subcounty. Parents are asked to enroll their children into ECDE so as to optimize the early years of children’s lives which is the best investment we can make as a society in ensuring their future success.

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18 Jul
By: Patrick Yego 0 1

YOUTH ASKED TO ENROLL IN ICT COURSES THROUGH VOCATIONAL TRAINING CENTRES

In the modern societies, Information and communications technologies (ICTs) have been universally developed as inevitable tools for enhancing the quality of education by providing access to information and knowledge contents leading to improvements and innovation in teaching, learning and research.

The County Government of Nandi is in the forefront in establishing digital systems to make services proficient.  Provision of ICT knowledge helps to bridge the knowledge and digital divide between the developed and developing countries, enhance educational infrastructural development and provide educational resources for effective learning, perform library functions and provide innovative user services.

Chief Officer for ICT and E-Government Jonathan Misoi has emphasized that the County Government of Nandi is focused in equipping youths with computer literacy skill for the good of their future where every Kenyan needs to get on the digital space. He said that while addressing the media during the flagging off the last consignment of computers and network materials to the Vocational Training Centres in Nandi County.

Photo: Chief Officer ICT and E-Government Jonathan Misoi

“The 21st century skills requires that we deliberately innovate to find ways for our youth to access and upgrade their technical skills. From next month will train our youths on 3 areas, ICT literacy skills, Ajira programme and Google digital skills. We have a target to train over 2000 youths in the next 3 months. Empowering the youth is key and we are on track to deliver on that promise. We invite our youth to visit these centres and get enrolled. We are partnering with Computer for Schools Kenya, ICT Authority and Google.” He added.

Photo: CFSK technician

Head of Public Relations in the County Government of Nandi Kipsaro Boit also pointed out that ICT programs aim at introducing young people to online work and provide them with the necessary tools, training and mentorship to enable them to work and earn a decent income on-line. This will also improve computer education through research and also increase enrolment to Vocational training centres.

Photo: Head of Public Relations Kipsaro Boit

 

List of Vocational Training Centres in Nandi County per the Subcounty

Aldai

  1. Kipsebwo VTC
  2. Serem VTC
  3. Mugen VTC

Chesumei

  1. Chemundu VTC
  2. Cheptarit VTC
  3. Kaptel VTC

Emgwen

  1. Sirwa Yala VTC
  2. Kaplamai VTC
  3. Kapsabet School for the Deaf

Mosop

  1. Kurgung VTC
  2. Tangaratwet VTC

Nandi Hills

  1. Sigilai VTC
  2. Chepsire VTC

Tindiret

  1. Meteitei VTC
  2. Potopoto VTC

 

So far 280 computers have been supplied by the Computer for Schools Kenya. This is a well-on course that the Computer laboratories in all the 15 vocational training centres are fully equipped and functional.

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17 Jul
By: Remmy Butia 0 0

GROWING HOPE: HEALTH SERVICES IN NANDI ARE EXPANDING

In the past years, Nandi was the epitome of inadequate and inefficient healthcare services.

However, under Governor Sang’s administration, the County Government of Nandi continues to invest heavily in the provision of healthcare, health infrastructure, medicines and personnel.

The County Government of Nandi is committed in offering quality and affordable healthcare for all and by ensuring Nandi residents have a wide choice in as far as health facilities are concerned.

A lot has been happening in Nandi’s health sector; for instance Serem Health Centre unveiled a 12-bed maternity wing. Kapnyarwat, Kibonze, Chepyagoris, Chepkemel, Kamamut, Kabutie, Mosombor, Kamelilo, Ndubeneti and Boi dispensaries are operational and the results are impressive.

The Department of Health and Sanitation continues to rehabilitate and improve Kapsabet County Referral Hospital to offer a full spectrum of services and minimize referral cases outside the county. The facility will soon go paperless with the roll out of the Health Management Information System (HMIS). The recently installed CT scan machine, dialysis, MRI and the new theatre are operational. The Oxygen plant is saving the residents and the government thousands of shillings daily. The hospital has been equipped with modern chairs and a modern laboratory is currently operational.

The construction of Mother and Baby Hospital complex is ongoing and is expected to be complete within the next 24 months.

The county government is also expanding Nandi Hills County Hospital. The construction of the facility’s trauma center is ongoing. Expansion of the out-patient unit is complete and operational. The Construction of an out-patient ablution block is almost complete. The facility’s mortuary has been fully equipped with modern fridges and a new embalmer has been acquire and will be operational in the coming weeks.

To ensure steady and uninterrupted power supply, the county government has installed two standby power generators at both Kapsabet County Referral and Nandi Hills County Hospitals.

The County Department of Health and Sanitation is also upgrading six sub county hospitals, each to have an operating theater and a maternity wing. Over 60 other health facilities are set to be renovated and new ones constructed. This is aimed at ensuring the residents of Nandi receive quality healthcare within reach.

The County Government of Nandi has maintained a steady supply of drugs to all health facilities and has recruited medical personnel across all cadres to offer the much needed services.

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17 Jul
By: Peter Kiprop 0 0

MILK COOLING PLANTS TO BE SET UP IN ALL 30 WARDS

A total of 30 structures are to be built and commissioned in the next 2 months across the county whereby one structure is to be raised in each ward which will house the milk cooling plants that will be distributed once the structures are complete.

This is after the Department of Agriculture & Cooperative Development on Tuesday officially handed over cooling sites to the contractors for construction work to commence.

Speaking during the site handing over, the Chief Officer for Cooperative Development Dr. Benadatte Tiony noted that setting up of the structures to house the coolers is timely since the construction of a milk processing plant at kabiyet is ongoing.

An effort she says will help reduce the distance covered by farmers from their farm gates to the cooling plants for bulking before the milk is transported to the processing plant which will have capacity to process 100,000 litres of milk in a day.

In a bid to increase milk production in the county, the department has embarked on a programme to first improve the breeds of cattle in the county with an intention of getting high yielding cows in the near future.

Besides provision of affordable AI services, the department is currently rehabilitating 60 cattle dips, two in every ward, as a primary measure of disease control among other vital extension services.

Dr. Tiony urged the primary dairy cooperative societies to join the Nandi County Dairy Cooperative Union as this is the apex and it will help them have a unified voice as the dairy sector.

For sustainability, the Chief Officer advised the cooperators to regularly participate in capacity building and trainings on leadership, management and governance which will be sponsored by the Cooperative Department.

Provision of the cooling machines will not only enhance sale of quality milk but also eliminate milk hawking of contaminated milk.

Also present during the site handing over were the Sub County Administrator, area MCAs and the management of respective cooperative societies. Residents welcomed the initiative saying that it will also create employment opportunities for their children who have a background in milk handling

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16 Jul
By: Remmy Butia 0 0

CONTRACTORS URGED TO STICK TO PROJECT TIME FRAMES

Contractors who have been awarded County tenders have been urged to adhere to the stipulated timeframes to avert cases of delays in completion of projects.

While speaking on Monday during a meeting with Contractors at the County Department of Health and Sanitation, the Chief Officer for Medical Services Dr. Paul Lagat noted that a number of contractors exceed the given timelines hence pulling back the county in terms of development.

The Chief Officer assured contractors that the County Government is committed to pay them on time upon completion of their work.

Dr. Lagat said that the slow pace which some contractors use executing the projects contributes to rollover and questionable service delivery which result to accusations from residents.

“Dont do any project without any documentation and also you must have a project work plan,” he advised.

On her part the Chief Officer in charge of Preventive and Promotive Services Sally Kemboi added that they have awarded tenders to various contractors and they will start work as from next week as site-handing over is expected to commence this week.

She noted that the department of health and sanitation has put measures in place to ensure that there is timely payment.

The Director of Administration, Planning, Finance and Operations Dr. Philemon Bureti however urged the contractors to finish their work on time as stipulated in their contracts saying that shoddy work will not be entertained, he said that contractors should work within the timeline and do a good job.

The contractors thanked the county government for awarding them tenders and promised to do their best.

Over 70 health projects ranging from construction of new health facilities, renovations, expansion works and construction of incinerators are expected to be complete within this financial year giving a boost to the health sector in Nandi.

Also present at the meeting were Engineers, Deputy Director of Monitoring and Evaluation Mathew Rotich, Economics Officer Vincent Lagat, Tinderet Ward Sub County Administrator Barnabas Tallam and his Aldai counterpart Charles Too, several Ward Administrators, procurement officers among other health officials.

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15 Jul
By: Peter Kiprop 0 0

FIRST BATCH OF NARIGP MICRO-PROJECT GRANTS APPROVED FOR DISBURSEMENT

National Agricultural & Rural Inclusive Growth Project (NARIGP) County Project Steering Committee (CPSC) members today met to ratify and approve, among other issues, the disbursement of the 1st batch of Micro- Project grants to Community Driven Development Committee (CDDCs) and funding proposals.

NARIGP project is providing grants to Common Intrest Groups (CiGs) ranging from Ksh 50,000 to Ksh 500,000 to finance micro-projects developed along prioritized value chains namely Dairy, Indigenous Chicken, Irish Potato and Avocado. To date, 64 proposals have been developed out of which 45 groups drawn from 8 participating wards have been approved for funding.

In today’s meeting chaired by Agriculture Executive committee Member Dr. Kiplimo Araap Lagat and attended by COs Agriculture Wilson Lelei and his Counterpart for Cooperative Development Dr. Benerdate Tiony, the committee approved disbursement of funds amounting to over Ksh 15M to the successful applicants of the grants.

The committee also ratified formalization of NARIGP Producer Organizations POs for Dairy and Potato Value chain and approved their funding proposals. Those who were given priority include the vulnerable and marginalized community members.

Nandi is among 21 counties implementing NARIGP, whose objective is to increase agricultural productivity and profitability of rural communities in targeted counties, and in the event of an Eligible Crisis or Emergency, to provide immediate and effective response.

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12 Jul
By: Cornelius Kipkoech 0 0

REVENUE SET TO INCREASE AS COUNTY GOVERNMENT ENGAGES PLOT OWNERS OVER DELAY IN PLOT RENT AND LAND RATES

The County Government of Nandi is leveraging on increasing Revenue collection through sensitization of plot owners within Kapsabet Municipality so as to meet Revenue targets set for every financial year.
In order to achieve this the County Executive Committee Member in charge of Finance and Economic planning Alfred Lagat held a consultative meeting with plot owners in kapsabet to discuss ways of enhancing Early payment of Land rates and plot rent also that service delivery in enhanced by the County Government.
The physical planning Department also expressed its intention to conduct a Re-survey of all the plots within the municipality and other urban centres to determine the owners’ s eligibility to pay plot rent.

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11 Jul
By: Remmy Butia 0 1

NANDI RECEIVES SH80 MILLION MEDICAL SUPPLIES FROM KEMSA

The County Government of Nandi has received drugs worth 80 million shillings from Kenya Medical Supplies Authority (KEMSA).

The medical supplies were delivered by the Kenya Medical Supplies Authority (KEMSA) as part of the 2018/2019 back order. The drugs received will last the county until September.

Chief Officer for Medical Services Dr. Paul Lagat reiterated the commitment of the health department towards availing the best pharmacy services to the population seeking for health services in Nandi.

The Chief Pharmacist Dr. Andrew Kisang said that measures have been put in place for commodity security and accountability.

On his part the County Director for Health Dr. David Bungei pointed out that he has directed all health facility committees and in charges to minute all drug deliveries and maintain up to status stock cards.

The consignments will be distributed to all health facilities in Nandi after a thorough inspection by the hospital supply chain managers.

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10 Jul
By: Joyce Mutai 0 0

3 DAYS LAND VALIDATION EXERCISE COMES TO AN END.

The 3 days land validation done by the County Department of Lands Environment and Natural Resources that saw Kiptenden B, Swahili village, Muchanganyiko, Kiboswa T. C and Laboret genuine land owners verify their land size and location came to an end today.

Among the issues that were considered include creation of road truncation, waste disposal sites, a slaughter house and provision of service lanes.

Soon an advertisement will be placed on local dailies on notice of completion of the plans that will take a period of 60 days, thereafter the plan will be be submitted to County Assembly for approval then once it has been approved, survey works will be done and National Lands Commission will proceed to issue allotment letters which will result to leases for the trading centers (Kiboswa and Laboret) title deeds will be issued to the  farms.

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