The Mavoko Constituency Development Fund (CDF) has issued school bursaries worth Sh 5 million to secondary school and college students in Mavoko sub-county of Machakos.
Among the beneficiaries are Kyumbi secondary school which was allocated Sh 243, 000 to support 79 needy students while 10 students from Mathatani secondary school were awarded Sh 45, 000 each.
Speaking at Kyumbi secondary school Wednesday during the bursary cheques issuance, Mavoko Member of Parliament Patrick Makau said that he worked together with the CDF committee to ensure that all needy students in the area benefited from the bursary funds.
“Today I will ensure that every child is educated, whether needy or orphaned. I will make sure that the government funds are used to serve its purpose,” said Makau.
Makau urged parents to invest and prioritize educating the youths for a better tomorrow where he challenged the learners to work hard and secure their future.
“Our work is to ensure that bursary is disbursed and reaches various schools in time, it is now the duty of the students to take advantage and better their grades in school,” he said, adding that his objective is to enable as many students as possible to acquire education.
“Education is the best investment which can be given to a young person. Our objective is to ensure students from this constituency are educated and productive which will help them in their future lives,” he said adding that education enables young people to be job creators independent in life.
He promised to support Kyumbi secondary school by constructing a Sh 7.5 million modern laboratory, two classes in addition to supplying them with five water tanks to curb issues of water scarcity in the school.
Makau disclosed that Sh 200 million had been allocated to build a sports academy at the school as well as changing rooms, which will serve the people of Kyumbi.
“We will have an academy, which is a stadium for marathon, football, basketball, volleyball and rugby as well as changing sector which is going to be a Sh.200 million facility. The people of Kyumbi will also be allowed to do their sporting activities there,” added Makau.
The MP also lauded President Uhuru Kenyatta for ensuring that they received the development funds adding that he has been allocated Sh600 million to continue with the construction of the Athiriver stadium.
He further called on all political leaders to be united in developing the county and embrace the welfare of the people of Machakos.
On their part, the parents lauded the exercise and expressed their satisfaction that the school bursaries had reduced their financial burden. One parent, John Musau pointed out that paying school fees for their children had become a problem owing to the outbreak of Covid-19 in the country.
Deputy Mavoko OCS inspector Moses Kuria who urged parents to ensure that their children are in school. He further warned the students against engaging in drug abuse and other criminal activities where he called on parents to report such cases when encountered.
“Drugs are a very big challenge around, most of the youths are engaging in drug abuse. Kindly parents report any drug issues. We have other avenues of addressing drug addiction among the youths other than taking them to prison,” said Kuria.
The National Government Constituencies Development fund (NG-CDF) is established under the NG-CDF Act, 2015.The main purpose of the Fund is to address socio-economic development of the people at the constituency level in order to reduce poverty and enhance regional equity.
The NG-CDF Act 2015 aligned the operations of the Fund to the new constitutional dispensation in terms of ensuring that the law strongly embraces the principles of participation of the people, separation of powers, and delineation of functions between National and County Governments