Sunday, March, 18, 2018



In the photo: Nyamira County Governor John Nyagarama (In red tie) and health stakeholders listen as County Executive Member for Health Services Douglas Bosire explains the Linda Mama Programme during its launch on Wednesday 24, 2018 at the Nyamira County Referral Hospital. Through the initiative, pregnant women will receive free maternal and child care services. Nyamira County government is registering women at its hospitals in an initiative through which pregnant women will receive free maternal and child care services. The programme, which is an extension of the national government’s Linda Mama maternity drive, will provide ante-natal care, caesarean section births, post-natal care and skilled health personnel during delivery for all mothers in the county. “We are requesting pregnant women to register in any of the health facilities in Nyamira County through which they will enjoy the free maternal healthcare,” Governor John Nyagarama said during the launch of the programme on Wednesday at the Nyamira County Referral Hospital. According to data from the County’s Department of Health Services, skilled deliveries have increased to 74.9 per cent up from 52 per cent in 2013 with fully immunized child coverage increasing to 87.9% up from 81% in 2013. Governor John Nyagarama also pledged to ensure that at least 50 per cent of the residents in the County are covered by NHIF. “Our Department of Health Services has formed a joint committee with NHIF to work towards increasing enrolment into the NHIF schemes in Nyamira from the current 15 per cent to over 50 per cent,” The Governor said. During the launch, the Governor noted that the county has made progress in healthcare delivery since 2013. “Data obtained from the Kenya Demographic Health Survey, indicates that Nyamira County beats all the other counties in Nyanza region in key health indicators. We have the lowest fertility rate for women aged 15 to 49 years and we hold the record for the highest percentage of currently married women using a modern method of contraception,” Mr Nyagarama said. He also noted that more women deliver live births in health facilities in Nyamira County than anywhere in Nyanza and that the county has the highest per cent of children aged 12- 23 months who have received all basic vaccinations plus the pneumococcal vaccine.


Ministry of Education officials present,
Officials from the Kenya Literature Bureau,
The Leader of Majority, Nyamira County,  
The Area MCA, Manga Ward,
County Officials,
Students and members of the public,
Ladies and gentlemen,

I am honoured to join you the Kenya Literature Bureau Board members, Ministry of Education officials and other education stakeholders in witnessing the distribution of text books to select schools in Nyamira County.

This initiative which I join in support of the national government’s commitment to provide free secondary education through the provision of learning and instructional materials will ultimately lead to the improvement of learning outcomes across our schools countrywide.
That is why today marks an important milestone in the transformative education reforms for our nation. As a County government, we do applaud the Ministry of Education for this initiative.
This initiative starts with the distribution of books to Form One Students of Nyambaria Boys National School, Sironga National School and Tombe Secondary School, who are reporting to school for the first time.

 As a County Government, education is one of many areas of focus. As a Governor, everywhere I go, I do remind our people to take their children to schools. When you educate a child, you set your homestead on a journey away from poverty.

Although education largely remains a national government function, as a County Government we have continued to support the education of our children. In my
first term in office, we issued bursaries worth over Sh100 million to thousands of learners from needy families.

I wish to announce that we will expand the Nyamira County Education Bursary Scheme so as to reach more needy families.
To the students gathered here today, both the county and national government continue to invest in your education because soon you will become our innovators, creators, academicians, doctors, lawyers, engineers, social workers, teachers and etc.

I do applaud the academic performance of our schools both in the 2017 KCSE and KCPE.  Primary Schools like Tonga Omonori, Eronge Adventist and St. Andrews Kaagwa made us proud as a County in their KCPE performance.  
 I also wish to congratulate Nyambaria National School, Sironga National School, Gekomoni and Nyakemincha Secondary Schools for their exemplary academic performance in   the 2017 KCSE results.

I also congratulate the school management of Tombe Girls through whose effort eight students qualified to join university in the 2017 KCSE results.
However, the performance of our schools remains worrying. We are not doing enough to send more students to universities.  I challenge all the education stakeholders to come together with the aim of finding a winning formula in boosting the academic performance of our students.
Good performance in education calls for all of us to work together.
I am happy that the new school principals posted to schools in Nyamira County just to mention a few, Madam Rose Waswa the new Principal of Sironga Girls and Boaz Owino who has taken over as the head of Nyambaria National School have smoothly reported to office.  I urge all of you to offer them support.

As a County Government, we will continue to support education reforms.  
As you might be aware, the County Government of Nyamira has employed many teachers to various positions. We truly remain a partner in furthering the development of teachers.
To the Kenya Literature Bureau and other publishers, we look forward to partnering with you in improving the education standards in our county. We also hope that in the future you can donate books to our county library.

Lastly, it’s my sincere hope the academic performance in both KCSE and KCPE examination results for our schools in Nyamira County will improve this year.
So as to help in creating a more conducive learning environment for the students of Tombe Girls Secondary Schools, I will donate two water tanks to the institution to help them in dealing with water shortage problems.

I leave you with the words of Nelson Mandela “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”

Thank You.

His Excellency Governor John Nyagarama and his Deputy Amos Nyaribo are attending the Governors' Induction Week  at Diani Reef Beach Hotel . The three-day event ends on Saturday December 16. During the event,  the Governor will  interact and hold talks with other Governors and their deputies from the other 46 Counties and with various guests among them Mr Siddharth Chatterjee, UNDP Resident Representative, Dr Ludeki Chweya, Director Kenya School of Government, Dr  Jane Kiringai, Chairperson Commission for Revenue Allocation, Dr Ismail Fahmy Shaiye, CEO Water Services  Trust Fund, Dr Tina Dooley-Jones  Acting Mission Director USAID, Mr Diarietous Gaye County Director World Bank, Mr Peter Bowles County Director DFID and and Ms Zebib Kavuma County Director UoN Women. The Governor will use the induction ceremony to seek for more partnerships and collaborations for the County Government of Nyamira. #NyamiraRising

Plans to set up cottage industries have received a boost have officials from the Kenya Industrial Estates (KIE) requested for funds and land from the County government of Nyamira to establish industries which will generate job opportunities for the youth.

After a meeting held on Thursday March 9 at the County offices, KIE’s Managing Director Dr. Parmain Ole Narikae and the Acting KIE Board Chairman Bob Karina accompanied by his Board of Directors, terms talks with the County as “progressive.”

“We requested for funds from the county government to construct textile and cottage industries that will generate job opportunities for the youth, additional land to be provided for KIE to invest on high-priority projects and evaluation of partnerships and collaboration between KIE and county government,” Dr Ole Narikae said.

During the meeting, His Excellency John Nyagarama called for increased partnership with KIE.

“We have to work together as this will promote shared decision making in the county’s development agenda,” the Governor said.

Being aware of the fact that agriculture is a major income among the people, Governor Nyagarama disclosed that the county government will strategize and make the industry an income generating activity which will see youths and farmers access self-employment within the sector.

Senior County officials present during the meeting included County Secretary Eric Onchana, Executive Committee Members Peris Mong’are (Agriculture), Gladys Momanyi (Education), Peter Muga (Trade, Tourism & Cooperative), Samwel Maiko (Environment, Water & Natural Resources) and Benard Osumo (Gender, Sports & Culture).

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