Nairobi students benefit from 1B scholarships

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Parents with children in Nairobi province are in for a treat after Nairobi Governor Johnson Sakaja announced that he will be sponsoring students through a Ksh 1 Billion Scholarship Program.

He revealed this when he attended a church service at Jesus Teaching Ministry in Embakasi on Sunday, January 15, where he stated that he had led the distribution of scholarship forms in the city through his County Chief Officers.

“I will sponsor all candidates who sat for their KCPE and performed well with more than 350 points, not for one term, but from Form One to Form Four. That’s the governor’s purse,” he revealed.

“These full scholarships support needy bright high school students from Nairobi County to access education in public national, extra-county and county schools across the country for the entire four-year high school cycle,” he added.

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Nairobi Governor Johnson Sakaja following church proceedings at Jesus Teaching Ministry Church in Embakassi Nairobi County on January 15, 2023.

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In what will be a relief to parents and guardians in Nairobi, Sakaja announced in this academic year that he would be distributing a total of Ksh 1,025,000,000 in Executive Scholarships and Ward Bursaries.

Each of Nairobi’s 85 wards will receive Ksh 6 million, an increase from Ksh 4.5 million received in 2022, in Ward Bursaries.

Sakaja warned unscrupulous district officials, noting that the process would be open and transparent.

“We will not condone corruption in Nairobi. And if we hear that someone is trying to sell those grants or grants, they immediately go home and are prosecuted,” he confirmed.

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This move by Sakaja came in the background of his school feeding program introduced by the national government.

The project, which was the brainchild of Governor Sakaja and President William Ruto, was introduced in Parliament in October 2022 by Elsie Muhanda, ODM’s Kakamega Women’s Representative.

“This Parliament therefore decrees that the Ministry of Education, through the relevant Ministry of Foreign Affairs, immediately develop a school feeding policy to cover primary school pupils and support the program to ensure that children are maintained in schools for effective learning and improve their well-being” , read the purchase order.

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The governor’s move to sponsor students was well received by the county’s residents, with the majority congratulating him.

“Good job super governor, I am not a native of Nairobi but you did a fantastic job,” commented Masian Philipo.

A user named Esther Mwaria was also enthusiastic about the governor’s initiative,

“Receive blessings from parents and the needy students of Westlands who have benefited from the ones I have been given to spend. Words are not even enough to express their gratitude,”

“A city of order, dignity and opportunity… Very good Governor!” Irungu Jackson praised.

An image of the Nairobi County leadership under Governor Johnson Sakaja (center) is prayed by Apostle Peter Manyuru, a renowned preacher and televangelist.  on January 15, 2023.

An image of the Nairobi County leadership under Governor Johnson Sakaja (center) is prayed by Apostle Peter Manyuru, a renowned preacher and televangelist. on January 15, 2023.

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