By Mbarak Abucheri
Busia County Governor Sospeter Odeke Ojaamong’ on Monday rewarded six Muslim students who excelled in last years’ KCPE exams by paying full fees for the whole year for each one of them to further their secondary education.
While presenting the notification for fee payment slips to parents at the County Government Offices, the County Executive in-charge of Education and Vocational training Ms. Azida Ali thanked the Governor for his kind gesture, terming the move ‘an unprecedented act worth emulating by all’.
“This will serve as a motivation to all Muslim learners not only in Primary schools but also in other levels of learning,” observed Ms. Azida.
On his part, the Muslim Education Council (MEC) Busia County Representative who is also a member of the Busia County Education Board Mr. Sadat Mansoor Kibira implored Muslims in Busia County to take education matters seriously and participate fully in the affairs of their county.
Sadat further urged them to foster unity and peaceful co-existence noting that it being a border county, it is blessed with people from all regions of Kenya and beyond,hence the need for peaceful co-existence and mutual understanding among the residents for prosperity.
He reiterated the need for all stakeholders to join hands in uplifting the academic standards of Busia County and Western Kenya as a whole through the provision of necessary needed support to both students and educational institutions in order to excel in academic spheres.
He also presented to Ms. Azida a cheque from the chairman, Majlis Ulamaa-Kenya, Sheikh Khalfan Khamis being his contribution to cater for some needy students’ other requirements.
The beneficiaries were as follows:-
- Ogas Habiba (Matayos) – Kisumu Girls High School – Ksh. 76,174
- Muhamed Amadala (Teso South) – Ukwala High School – Ksh. 62,670
- Ramadhan Abdalla (Teso South) – Chavakali High School – Ksh. 73,000
- Yusuf Wandera (Matayos) – Chesamisi High School – Ksh. 54,810
- Athman Mango (Budalang’i) – Chavakali High School – Ksh. 73,000
- Seif Ochenja (Funyula) – Kamusinga High School – Ksh. 82,392