Mrs. Ruto calls on parents to invest in education
Rachel Ruto decried the high number of school drop outs in the county and asked parents not to abandon the education of their daughters who dropped out of school due to pregnancies but take them back to school so that they could complete their education.
Mrs. Ruto was speaking in Bungoma where she was hosted by the Governor Kenneth Lusaka as she launched table banking in a function attended by women from across the entire county.
She pointed out that devolution was the best thing that happened to the country through the new constitution saying that development had been cascaded to the people.
She encouraged women to go back and take up courses that would enable them develop their careers further saying it was never too late to better ones skills and competencies.
Mrs Ruto enumerated the various affirmative measurers that the Government had put in place to empower women in the country including the thirty percent Government procurement that has been set aside for women and youth. This she said, would soon be conducted on a fully digital platform and encouraged them to ensure that their computer skills were at par with the changing times so that they would not lose out.
In his remarks the Governor said that the county had already cascaded down more than forty million shillings towards women empowerment projects across the county and confirmed that his office has already been giving tenders for the procurement of goods and services to companies owned by women.
“One of the major roads in my county today has actually been constructed by a lady contractor”, he told the gathering that brought together representatives of women groups in all the sub counties. Present at the same event were also various representatives of the county and national governments including the Ford Kenya Party Leader Eugene Wamalwa who called on leaders to engage in politics that could enhance and develop the spirit of enterprise in the country.
The County Women Rep Dr. Reginalda Wanyonyi thanked Mrs. Ruto for launching table banking in the county saying this would significantly support the women groups that were not able to access enough funding from the Women empowerment fund and the Uwezo fund because the County had more than half a million women entrepreneurs.