Office of the Governor invite the youths within the wards to take up fully sponsored Vocational training courses at all the VTCs schedule to begin on December 1st. Serious applicants should visit the offices of the Ward admins before 1st of December. This are the courses:
1. Garment Making.
2. Carpentry & Joinery.
3. Mechanical engineering & Fabrication.
4. Motor Vehicle Mechanics.
5. Electrical Installation.
6. Beauty Therapy
7. Food Technology
– Must be residents of a Kisumu county Ward.
– _Must have an ID/Birth certificate
– Must be willing to learn
NB: No Certificate Required
Interested Applicants to submit Their Details in Person at Offices on or before 1st December 2020.
Ladies and People with disabilities (PWD) are highly encouraged to apply.
A team of seven fishmongers from Jubilee fish market led by Mr. Joseph Owino together with Mr. Abisai from chicken basket, today received hand wash equipment and protective gears courtesy of Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) working closely with the County Government to help prevent the spread of the deadly coronavirus among food handlers.
This initiative which is in line with the county’s COVID-19 response plan seeks to strengthen health protocols and enhance the capacity of traders to address the Coronavirus disease challenge.
FAO through its program dubbed Integrated Country Approach (ICA) meant to boost decent jobs for youth in Agri- food Systems in Kakamega and Siaya along the fish and poultry value chain learnt from the actors that Jubilee market in Kisumu is the main market for fish dealers and the Chicken basket also provides ready market for poultry farmers in Siaya and Kakamega.
It is against this premise that FAO representatives held a consultative forum with fish traders from Jubilee market to ascertain some of the challenges they face especially during this period of Covid -19 pandemic.
In response to their immediate needs and to enhance consumer value on matters food handling, FAO has donated 74bottles of hand liquid soap of one litter each, 10 handwashing peddle basins of 40 litters each, 310 re-usable face masks, 100 packets of surgical face masks. 3 number infra-red thermo guns and 62 pieces of food safety hand gloves.
While presiding over the official handing over of the equipment to the traders, the County Executive Committee Member for Agriculture, Irrigation, Livestock and Fisheries, Mr. Gilchrist Okuom thanked the partners for their timely response.
Noting that businesses have been affected across the globe due to the pandemic, he urged the traders to adhere to the health protocols in order to do business in a safe environment taking personal responsibility to enhance their safety and that of their customers.
“You perform a critical role in consumers lives that is why you were identified for the support. Therefore, you must keep yourself and those around you safe by wearing your masks appropriately and avoid complacency because you are dealing with somebody you know” Mr Okuom said.
He also tasked them to take care of the equipment so that it can serve them longer and that water should be made available in the wash basins throughout for people to use.
The County Executive Member Mr. Okuom was flunked by two Chief Officers from his department, Dr. Paul Omanga and Madam Rosemary Raluoch who also echoed the importance of adhering to the preventive measures including hygiene, social distancing, and regular handwashing among the traders.
By: Emily Mikwa
The County Executive Committee Member for Agriculture, Irrigation, Livestock and Fisheries Mr. Gilchrist Okuom joined the fisherfolk in North Nyakach today to commemorate the 75th World Fisheries day held annually every 21st November.
The event marked under the theme voices from the sea formed a platform to enlighten the people that the water bodies have a maximum production limit which if overstretched and not well regulated, will deplete the ecosystem.
Owing to the growing demand for fish against the increasing human population, human activities such as using illegal fish harvesting equipment and pollution have had adverse effects on the aquatic life in the rivers, lakes and seas leading to extinction of some fish species.
Besides, the farmers were not only sensitized on the nutritional value of fish but also the importance of fish as a business. The aim is to change the mindset of the fisherfolk to move from capture fisheries to aquaculture. “Fish for health and wealth”
It is against this backdrop that the fisherfolk were introduced to various programs on fish farming and the value chains by partners who included Aquaculture Business Development Programme (ABDP). Funded by IFAD, Food and Agriculture organization (FAO), Lake Basin Development Authority (LBDA), Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute (KEMFRI) and Agriculture Sector Development Support Program (ASDAP).
Speaking at the event, The County Executive Committee Member Mr. Gilchrist Okuom said the county is working with the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries to come up with a raft of measures including policies that will harmonize activities in the lake.
“As a county we are encouraging fishermen not to rely so much on capture fisheries but adopt new technologies in aquaculture such as ponds to enhance fish production that will fill the deficit in the market.” He stated.
He further pointed out that having fish cages along pathways, hatching points, the pollution caused by the feeds and the synthetic material for making the cages have contributed to the decline of fish in the lake.
According to the Chief Officer Livestock and Fisheries, Madam Rosemary Raluoch pledged to promote aquaculture through activation of dormant ponds to revive fish farming for surplus production for the market.
The County Director Fisheries, Madam Susan Adhiambo urged the farmers to integrate the youths in aquaculture to boost fish production and to protect the lake which is the identity of the Lake people
The Coordinator of the ABDP programme, Mr. Kenneth Luga reiterated that Kisumu County is currently one of beneficiary of the Aquaculture Business Development Programme (ABDP). Funded by IFAD for the next 8 years.
The programme has two components focusing on promoting Production by smallholder aquaculture farmers and developing Producer Public Private Partnerships along the value chains with a goal of increasing the incomes, food security and Nutritional status of the wider communities of poor rural households involved in aquaculture in targeted counties.
However, the fishermen still grapple with challenges such as safety in the lake, resource depletion due to over-fishing, water pollution and climate change, high cost off feeds, availability of fingerlings and marketing.
Also present were county officials from the directorate of fisheries from the county headquarters and across the sub counties.
By Emily Mikwa
Kisumu county officers from the department of Youth, Gender and PWDs attended a two-day training as from Thursday this week to enhance support on access to decent work and strategies of offering and monitoring youth empowerment services.
The workshop organised at the Le savanna Country Hotel in Kisumu courtesy of Forum for International Cooperation (FIC) in Partnership with Youth Alive Kenya (YAK), is expected to create a better understanding of effective engagement and identification of strategies with government officials to ensure greater project impact and sustainability, enhance capacity of government officers and partners on effective monitoring of youth empowerment initiatives with available collaboration opportunities and strengthen linkages and partnerships.
While presiding over the official opening of the workshop, the Chief Officer, Mr. Haggai Kadiri expressed optimism in ensuring the agenda of the youth is a priority in relation to job opportunities, issuing bursaries for youths to join Vocational Training Centres (VTCs).
He commended the partners for the support in realising the vision of the youths. He added the county has set aside resources such as social centres and the county revolving funds that can be utilised to realize the dreams of the youths.
He however called on the partners to come up with programs that uplift the Boda boda riders who are the majority of youths who require life skills trainings.
On her part, the Director VTC, Madam Paschalia Ouma in her presentation highlighted the status and challenges of the County VTCs.
Out of the 26 institutions 21 have been legally registered and the rest five are in the pipeline. There are also plans by the directorate of VTCs to have an institution in each ward with specialties going forward.
Some of the challenges outlined were lack of policies, few instructors, low budget allocation and negative perceptions by parents and students on VTCs
The participants were advised on the need to scan their institutions, identify the training gaps and align the trainings to the market demands. It was also resolved that advocacy and civic education be hyped to avert the negative perceptions.
The Facilitator from Forum for International Cooperation (FIC), Mr. Erastus Ouko in his presentation enumerated the strategies for resource mobilisation through assessment fundraising, using success stories, clearly defined programs with impact, knowing the existing funders and partners among others.
The training saw the participants draft an action plan to chart the way forward on matters youth empowerment activities led by the County Youth Officer, Mr. George Orude.
The Forum for International Centre in partnership with Youth Alive Kenya through bridge grant program designed to run as from the year 2017 to 2020, have collaborated with the county to implement other programs targeting the youths which include: capacity building on labour market, business skills and entrepreneurship, advocacy on youth policies, business mentorship and career guidance.
The participants also included: Martin Owino of Boya VTC, Gladys Akinyi of Akado VTC, Simeon Ogonda, Cardinal Elias Komenya of ECJP, Nancy Okal of Ajiry, Tom Joe Omollo, Fiona Okwiri and Adah Omedi county officials among other invited participants.
By Emily Mikwa
It was song and dance in Ahero yesterday after Kisumu Governor, Professor Nyong’o officially upgraded the urban centre into a Town.
Prof Nyong’o, escorted by hundreds of masked residents made a triumphant entry into the centre shortly before midday.
At exactly 12.30 he cut the ribbon to open the new Ahero town administration offices before officially unveiling the town one hour later at a public rally attended by more than 20 MCAs from across the County and several political leaders and representatives from the Council of Governors.
Also present were Chairman of the National Irrigation Authority, Joshua Toro, Deputy Governor Mathew Owili, Kisumu County Assembly Speaker, Elisha Oraro, senior National and County officials.
Ahero becomes the second urban centre to be upgraded to a Town.
The first to be unveiled was Maseno. Those in the queue are Muhoroni, Katito and Kombewa.
Speaking at the function, Prof Nyong’o said Ahero’s new status will help it realize sustainable urban infrastructure development and create economic opportunities to the people to reduce pressure in the city.
Today’s unveiling of Ahero came against the backdrop of the World Cities report released on October 31, 2020 which advocates for well planned, managed and financed cities and towns of great value that can be harnessed to be resilient and leverage on devastating impacts .
Governor reiterated that Ahero sits on a major highway that befits a town. Its a booming economy with rice fields and sugar belts.
He further stated that Ahero will now have its own budget to address its infrastructural issues among them roads, drainage systems, street lights and solid waste management.
The town will have a governance system made of management committee and a town administrator as per the provisions of the Urban Areas and Cities Act, that will bring services closer to the people and harness full potential of urbanization.
The Governor stated that in this financial year, Ahero has been earmarked to benefit from 400meters road network for upgrade to paving block standards along side drainage improvement works and a circular waste management system to compost organics to fertilizers and recycling of plastics into building blocks.
Concerning Covid 19 economic recovery strategy, the governor said his government was working on a post Covid 19 economic recovery program.
To achieve this , the county has collaborated with National Irrigation Authority (NIA) and national government to supply fruit seedlings, vegetable seeds, cereals and day old chicks worth 13million to 10,000 small holder farmers across the County to boost food security and nutrition.
Prior to unveiling Ahero town the Governor received the seedlings and toured the Ahero irrigation scheme pump station which serves up to 13,000 acres of rice fields.
The Chairman of NIA, Eng. Toro stated their plans to expand the acreage from the current 13,000 to 18,000 acres targeting Awasi, Chiga, Mboha, Kabonyo. He however outlined the challenges faced by farmers such as ready markets and inadequate milling plants which affects their optimum operations.
A decision was reached that the county will collaborate with NIA to put up another milling plant.
On marketing and cooperative formation, the line departments were asked to fast track the formation to enable farmers access 600million loan from national government.
Also in attendance were County Secretary County Secretary, Geoffrey Kegochi, Deputy County Commissioner, Julius Karitu, City Board Chairman Elijah Adul, his Public Service counterpart, Babu Karan,sub county Admins, ward Admins, Chief Officers, Directors,politicians, opinion leaders, residents of Ahero among others.
By Emily Mikwa
Kisumu Deputy Governor, Dr Mathew Owili joined local residents and Persons with Disability in marking the White Cane Awareness Day on Thursday.
The ceremony held at the Mama Grace Onyango Social Centre, is celebrated every 15th October to commemorate the achievements of visually impaired persons. However, the celebrations came late this year due to effects of Covid 19 pandemic.
This year’s theme “My Cane, My Right to Inclusion” demonstrates the significance of the White cane to a person with visual impairment.
The White Cane is a tool with a symbol of mobility and independence to the visually impaired persons, which allows them to move freely and safely.
While representing Kisumu Governor, Professor Nyong’o at the event, Dr Owilli congratulated his boss for being ranked Fourth among the best performing governors in the 47 counties.
In the poll, conducted by Infotrack Research, Prof Nyong’o also emerged the best among the First Term governors.
Concerning the celebrations, Dr. Owili outlined the strides the county government has made in mainstreaming disability issues into policy frameworks.
Out of the 1.5Million residents of Kisumu, 39,929 are PWDs who have been accorded rights and privileges as enshrined in the 2010 Constitution of Kenya. So far 43 companies belonging to PWDs are doing business worth 53million with the county.
Employment and provision of equal opportunities has seen 124 PWDs secure jobs across all carders.
Dr. Owili commended the Governor’s advisor on matters disability, Madam Caroline Agwanda for steering the enactment of the Disability law in the county, making Kisumu the first county to have Disability law in Kenya.
He thanked the Kenya Society for the Blind for donating 10 computers to assist the visually impaired persons to access information, 100 white canes to the visually impaired persons and the Lions club for food donations to the PWDs to celebrate
He further promised to continue strengthening partnerships On PWDs to implement the UN convention on the rights of PWDs and ensure disability is mainstreamed in the SDGs leaving no one behind.
The Chairman National Council of Persons with disabilities, Hon. Peter Muchiri thanked Kisumu for hosting the event and called on stakeholders to engage with the visually impaired on issues affecting them.
He also called on the media not only to highlight challenges but also contributions made by the PWDs.
The Chairman Kenya Society for the Blind, Mr Samson Waweru, on his part emphasized on the importance of the white cane as an important tool to the visually impaired.
He added that the Kenya Society for the Blind donated 10 computers to launch a regional hub for adaptive technology for the blind not to be left behind in the technology space. He applauded Kisumu County for being the first in the Country to launch such a centre.
The County Executive Member for Education, ICT and HRD, Mr. John Obiero Awiti said he will consider the number of PWDs to benefit from bursaries to be issued and also promised to work on the amendments for their own fund account to cater for their unique challenges.
The representative for chairperson Kisumu PWD board, Madam Truphena Akoth thanked the county for providing an office that accommodates PWDs and requested that the same provisions be done in other offices including the social amenities for easy access.
During the function, an office was opened at the centre to be used by PWDs in their administration.
The function was also attended by a host of top county officials, Officers from the department of Education and Human Resource Development among other invited guests.
By Emily Mikwa
Kisumu Governor H.E Prof. Anyang’ Nyong’o has expressed his gratitude to
H.E President Uhuru Kenyatta and the African High Commissioner for Infrastructure Rt. Hon. Raila Odinga for identifying Kisumu for major infrastructural projects that are expected to open up significant trade opportunities within the region.
Addressing the press at the County Headquarters in Kisumu, the Governor noted that the projects identified will be a major game changer for the county and the region at large positioning Kisumu for more business.
“It is not lost on us that these projects will not only revolutionize the economic landscape of Kisumu alone but will be game changers for the whole western sector”. He said
President Uhuru Kenyatta and the Rt. Hon. Raila Odinga accompanied by various government officials were in the county to inspect various development projects being implemented by the National Government.
The two-day visit saw the President lay the first foundation stone for the Kshs. 415 million Jomo Kenyatta International Stadium at Mamboleo Grounds followed by the unveiling of the Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Sports Complex where he committed to inject an additional Ksh. 100 million to support efforts put forward by the County Government. The team also inspected ongoing works at the Kisumu Port and the Uhuru Business Park.
The visit opened a basket of goodies for the lakeside City as the President directed the Kenya National Highways Authority (KENHA) to ensure that the road leading up to the Jomo Kenyatta International Stadium from Kisumu Boys is completed ahead of its launch in April 2021. Other projects in the pipeline include the construction of the Koru – Soin Multipurpose Dam and the 63 kilomteer Mamboleo – Miwani – Muhorni road not forgetting the Special Economic Zone whose discussions are at advanced stages.
The Governor says he is humbled by the President’s commitment towards the successful attainment of these planned projects adding that the innitiatives are as a result of the cordial relationship between the two governments.
“This bright future has been nurtured and cultured by the good relationship cultivated with the National Government”. Nyong’o said
He is confident that the infrastructural development will ease planning for the upcoming Africities Convention in 2021.
The Africities Summit is expected to open numerous business opportunities for the youth and the tech-savvy population here in Kisumu and beyond. The youth have been challenged to tap into the opportunities by making early preparations ahead of the convention. Already, the county is gearing up for the second Nation Media KUSI IDEAS festival in December following the inaugural event in Kigali last year.
At the same time, the Governor thanked the Rt. Hon Raila for his unending commitment to ensure economic growth for the region by consistently engaging with the national government on various development fronts.
He urged the people of Kisumu to support the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) fully as it will set the stage for democracy, national unity and development.
Joining the Governor for the briefing were Cabinet Members Achie Alai, Tourism and Dixon Obungu, Lands and Physical Planning, Speaker of the County Assembly Elisha Oraro, County Secretary Godfrey Kigochi among other County Officals.
By: Nancy Juma
The three day workshop to induct the 5 member Kisumu County Audit Committee came to a close today with the Governor Prof. Peter Anyang’ Nyong’o presiding over the closing ceremony held at Ciala Resort.
The workshop organized by the National Treasury in partnership with the German Development Cooperation- GIZ sought to enlighten the members on various issues relating to the job ahead. Key highlights touched on establishment of the audit committees, roles and responsibilities of the committees, Enterprise risk management, audit committee oversight on financial statements, the PFM Act 2012 and regulations 2015, procurement fraud, and corruption risk management, internal audit and audit committee performance measurement among others.
Speaking to the members at the closing ceremony, the Governor thanked the team for accepting to support the county in strengthening the audit systems. He stressed the need to strengthen systems of governance in order to realize any goals. He called upon the team to champion automation of government systems to ensure proper utilisation of public resources and accountability.
This he said will go a long way in the fight against graft that the public sector has been grappling with for a long time urging the committee members to take on the job with courage and feel free to raise issues and make recommendations where necessary for enhanced efficiency and productivity.
The County CEC in charge of Finance and Planning George Omondi acknowledged that both the counties and the National Government have had challenges with placement of the audit committees, a problem he says is being addressed by both governments with significant steps made so far.
However, he pledged to facilitate the committee to do its work to enable seamless operations of the committee.
Governments have realized the important role played by audit committees and are now embracing them to offer their support on implementation of external audit reports and other financial reports. Both levels of governments have so far put into place various guidelines to aid the processes owing to the important role played by auditors in terms of ensuring controls and risk management.
The training was also attended by the county Internal Audit Staff.
By: Nancy Juma
County Government of Kisumu, through the directorate of Environment, and Natural Resources today signed a Memorandum of Agreement with Biogas International Limited on waste management, recycling and environmental conservation.
The collaboration underscores the parties shared efforts to pilot an integrated model on solid waste management, recycling and environmental protection within Ahero market, which if successful will be replicated across all the sub counties within Kisumu.
Ahero is a growing town with constant waste generation that has become a source of pollution to the environment. Waste generated per day is about 1.5 to 2 tons out of which 80% is organic while about 10% being non-biodegradable which makes it suitable for the pilot program.
The MOU further seeks to leverage a comparative advantage to support lucrative and sustainable entrepreneurship in the line of value addition among the youths, through effective use of waste as a resource to make products such as fertilizers, biogas from organic waste and makiga interlocking bricks from non-biodegradable wastes for economic growth and for job creation.
The Signing of the MOU took place with a nod from Kisumu Governor, Professor Nyong’o presided over by the County Secretary Mr. Godffrey Kegochi, CEC Member for Water, Climate Change, Environment and Natural Resources, Mr. Salmon Orimba, CEC Member for Lands, Housing and Urban Development Mr. Dixon Obungu and the CEO Biogas International Limited Mr. Dominic Kahumba.
Witnessed by: The area MCA Hon. Ken Ooko, Sub county Administrator for Nyando Dr. Samuel Oron, Ahero Ward Administrator, George Amimo, Chief Officer Lands, Housing and Urban Development Mr. Geofrey Ochieng, Chief Officer Environment and Natural Resources, Maryline Agwa, Director Environment, Mr. Ken Koyooh, and Director Climate Change, Mr. Evans Gichana among other invited guests.
By Emily Mikwa