COUNTY GOVERNMENT INCENTIVES TO IMPROVE VOCATIONAL TRAINING

Nyahururu, 15th December, 2017, Laikipia county government is offering incentives to students to raise enrollment in vocational and technical training institutes in the county.
Some of the vocational institutes are on the verge of closure due to low enrollment.
To change the trend the county government has set aside Sh16 million for bursaries for at least 2,000 students who will join vocational and technical training institutes in the 2017/18 financial year.
“The eight operational Vocational Training Institutes (VTIs) are expected to
play the crucial role of imparting hands -on, meaningful and sustainable
skills for employment and self-employment to our youth,” Governor Ndiritu Muriithi said yesterday.
The institutions, he added, will be refurbished, their workshops equipped hostels build to improve learning.
“We are recruiting trainers and tutors for these institutions and are linking them with industries for relevant skills uptake, internship and technology transfer all aimed at bringing their quality of training to a world class level,” he said.
The county government will carry out a market survey to identify what skills are in demand to align vocational and technical training institutes’ courses to market demands.
The Laikipia East and Laikipia North Technical Training Institutes are expected to enroll their pioneer students in January while the stalled construction of Laikipia West TTI will resume immediately.
All the eight vocational training institutes are expected to increase their enrolment to a minimum of 200 students each by the end of March.
The regional government is putting in place a robust internship programme for students from the technical institutes which include among others incentives to SMEs to take interns. In addition it is seeking partnership with the private sector to support skills development. GPS-Laikipia

New back up Power Generator for Rumuruti Sub-County Hospital

A new back up power generator was offloaded at Rumuruti Sub-County Hospital on Wednesday. Patients will no longer need to buy candles in case of power outage. Also bought together with the generator were theartre equipment meaning that residents will not be going all the way to Nyahururu hospital for surgery. These are some of the efforts that the County Government is doing to have the facility elevated to Level 4. Similar efforts are being improved so that they can be accredited by NHIF. 75 community health workers in Ndindika, Kimanjo and Lamuria are enrolling households to NHIF and also carrying out survey to establish poor families

International Day of People with Disabilities

The national focus will be in Nanyuki tomorrow December 7, 2017 as Kenya marks the International Day of People with disabilities. The national rally will be held at Kanu Grounds.
Between December 8–10, the Samburu Women Trust will be holding a conference bringing together women from 11 counties. The conference themed ‘Celebrating the resilience of women human rights defenders and women leaders from indigenous communities,’ will be at Sportsman Arms Hotel.
At the same venue, Federation of Women Lawyers-Kenya will be training women MCAs on December 8th and 9th as part of its mandate of building the capacity of women in leadership positions.
About 3,000 worshippers will on Sunday, December 10th congregate at Zion City in Nanyuki for an end of the year thanksgiving ceremony. About half of the worshippers will come from outside Nanyuki.
That Nanyuki is fast evolving into a preferable destination for conferencing is no longer in doubt.
Are all these activities happening through sheer coicidence or by design?
It’s noteworthy that these activities have come hot on the heels of the groundbreaking Nanyuki-Louniek Amateur Fun Race aimed at showcasing the positive side of our gorgeous Laikipia.
“It’s clear Nanyuki is becoming attractive for conference tourism. It’s the next tourism destination as focus shifts from Mombasa, Nairobi and Naivasha,” Trade CEC Biwott Tirop said.
Miss Conservation event slated for December 16 is also expected to attract a sizable number visitors too.
#Laikipiaonthemove
#semalaikipia
#Destinationlaikipia

Reorganizing the Livestock Sector in Laikipia

Plan aimed at reorganizing the livestock sector to improve local and export market for beef has already kicked off in Laikipia County.

County government aims at ensuring pastoralists shift from traditional ways of rearing livestock, to disease free compartments and establishment of fodder reserves to improve quality and quantity of livestock.

On Friday , Laikipia County Governor H.E Nderitu Muriithi brought together various stakeholders in the livestock value chain, who agreed to have the first feedlot in the area by the end of 2018.

Those who were present in the meeting included representatives from Kenya Meat Commission (KMC), Kenya Veterinary Association, Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) National Drought, Management Authority (NDMA) Ranchers and Pastoralists, financial Institutions and Livestock traders.

“Our aim is to raise productivity of livestock sector by reviewing cultural beliefs relating livestock ownership by applying simple modern techniques that will give us more value,’ Governor Muriithi noted.

Livestock is the second main source of livelihood after agriculture in the County and is dominantly in the northern part.

The County government in partnership with Kenya Commercial bank (KCB) Foundation is set to launch a livestock identification and traceability project targeting about 10,000 animals with an aim of minimizing livestock thefts, disease control and easing animal movements.

Traceability will help to market the County’s livestock products internationally and enable consumers to track down information about them.

During the meeting, it was disclosed that Laikipia Nature Conservancy is among some of the private and community ranches, which have already set aside land for growing reserve fodder.

Managing Director, KMC Joseph Learampo, noted his facility could hardly meet the demand for meat due to insufficient quality livestock to slaughter which presents an opportunity for Laikipia as the bedrock of the Boran cattle.

‘A delegation from middle East is set to visit the facility in January 2018 to sign a deal that would see KMC supply 30,000 metric tonnes of beef quarterly’’ he noted.

Learampo said unfortunately most of Kenyan cattle were weak and when slaughtered weigh between 70-80 kilograms instead of the ideal 300 kilograms.

Kenya lost her beef export quota to the European Union (EU) 25 years ago due to poor disease control.

Enhancing Livestock Industry & Passing out of 100 Police Reservists

Two major events took place in Laikipia yesterday. A meeting to define the way forward for our livestock industry took place in Nanyuki. It had representation from FAO, National Drought Management Authority, several financial institutions like FCB,KCB, Family Bank, and APA Insurance, NRT, Kenya Meat Commission, ranchers and livestock brokers. It emerged that KMC has an order for 300,000MT of beef to the Middle East but cannot get enough animals for slaughter. As a county how do minimizes conflicts surrounding pastoralism and build our capacity to seize such opportunities? We have ample land for development of pasture to embrace modern pastoralism technologies like feedlots. The entire Amaya Triangle region could prosper economically and minimize resource based conflicts if Isiolo, Samburu and Baringo embrace the same.

Elsewhere in Arjiju, DG John Mwaniki presided over the passing out of about 100 police reservists who will boost security around Laikipia. Their training was sponsored by County and national governments. Business thrives in a peaceful environment.

Amateur race boost tourism in Laikipia North

Convoys of tourist vehicles have now started passing through the volatile Lonyiek route in Laikipia County.

This comes days after leaders and residents took part in a amateur motor race on the same route in a bid to promote tourism in the region, ahead of the festive season.

On Saturday, leaders from the county led residents in a 180-kilometre race drive through Nanyuki to Lonyiek in an event aimed at depicting the county as a safe destination for holidaymakers.

Two days later, convoys of tourist vehicles were spotted using the route without security escorts.

The area is considered insecure due to threats posed by armed herder

10 vehicles

“On Monday, we spotted close to 10 tourist vehicles passing by Lonyiek on their way to Lake Baringo from Maralal in Samburu County,” said Mr Philip Lemirile, a resident of Lonyiek area in Laikipia North.

His sentiments were echoed by Mrs Agnes Ejakan, another resident who termed it as a good gesture.

“We are hoping that the same will continue for the purposes of developing of this area,” she said.

Mrs Ejakan said restoration of peace will also encourage more investors to invest in the area.

A number of tourist destinations among them Mugie, Sosian, Suiyan, Laikipia Nature Conservancy and Ol Maissor ranches are located along the route.

However, several ranches have suffered losses after their lodges and other tourist destinations were burnt down by herders invading the ranches.

Among those whose prestigious lodges have been burnt down by illegal herders include Suiyan, Sosian and Laikipia Nature Conservancy’s Muktane Lodge.

Lost jobs

Early in June, the management of Sosian Ranch decided to downscale the lodge into a private house, a decision that saw many people who were working at the ranch lose their jobs.

The decision was also aimed at focusing on 100 per cent rehabilitation of the ranch.

Many tourists have also been forced to re-locate all their bookings throughout the year due the rampant cases of insecurity.

During the Saturday event, a total of 40 vehicles and nine motorcyclists took part in the race through routes considered prone to banditry attacks.

Governor Ndiritu Muriithi, Senator John Kinyua, Woman Representative Ms Catherine Waruguru, Laikipia North MP Sarah Korere, County Assembly Majority Leader Mr Peter Thomi and Sosian MCA Jacob Edung drove from Nanyuki to Lonyiek.

Tourist attraction

After the race, the leaders said that the county expects at least 10,000 local and international tourists during the Christmas season.

As part of the peace building efforts, a bull was slaughtered at Lonyiek and roasted where participants drawn from various communities feasted on the meat after amid song and dance.

“Tourists have never used the routes for some years now. Indeed the event has already impacted positively in county’s tourism industry,” Laikipia Deputy County Secretary Mr Amos Pundn said on Tuesday.

 

Laikipia leaders take part in car race to promote tourism

IN SUMMARY
  • The amateur race was aimed at depicting the county as a safe destination for holidaymakers.
  • As part of peace building efforts, a bull was slaughtered at Lonyiek and roasted.

Laikipia leaders at the weekend drove for 180 kilometres in a campaign to promote tourism ahead of the festive season.

Governor Ndiritu Muriithi, Senator John Kinyua, Woman Rep Catherine Waruguru, Laikipia North MP Sarah Korere and two MCAs drove from Nanyuki to Lonyiek, one of the areas considered insecure due to threats posed by armed herders.

The amateur race was aimed at depicting the county as a safe destination for holidaymakers.

A total of 40 vehicles and nine motorcyclists took part in the grueling race through routes that are considered prone to banditry attacks.

Governor Muriithi, driving an Isuzu D-Max and navigated by his deputy John Mwaniki, emerged top after conquering the journey in 4 hours 33 minutes.

After the race, he said the county expects at least 10,000 local and international tourists during the Christmas season.

As part of peace building efforts, a bull was slaughtered at Lonyiek and roasted.

Participants drawn from various communities feasted on the meat after songs, traditional dances and speeches on the need for coexistence.

“The fact that we drove for hours through areas that have been depicted as insecure is a pointer that the region is safe for visitors,” Mr Muriithi said soon after completing the race, dubbed the Laikipia Challenge.

“We seek to preach coexistence among the more than 20 communities residing in Laikipia. We chose Lonyiek since it has been a battleground for herders from Laikipia, Baringo and Samburu counties.”

 

 

 

 

Makutano-Withare Road Construction in Ngobit Ward

This is Makutano-Withare road in Ngobit whose construction has started. The government has earmarked a Sh14bn upgrade of key roads, among them this one, to bitumen standards. A contractor is also at site for Nanyuki- Doldol road. On Wednesday Governor Ndiritu Muriithi will hold a roundtable for stakeholders in the roads sector

Nanyuki- Louniek Amateur Race

All arrangements are in place for the premier Nanyuki-Louniek amateur fun motor race in Laikipia County on Saturday.

Over 100 drivers, including those from corporate teams are expected for the race that covers 180km.

The one day fun challenge is organised by Laikipia County government and #SemaLaikipia initiative to help promote peace and showcase as sports tourism destination.

FOUR-WHEEL DRIVE

Four-wheel drive vehicles are being registered at Sh1,000, two-wheel cars at Sh,1000 and motorbikes at Sh250.

Registration has been going on at Cedar Mall, Old House and Dormans Coffee Shop in Nanyuki and Panari and Hippo Point in Nyahururu.

A team of the county officials and organizers did the fourth and last dry run of the route on Monday and give the thumbs up sign for action to be staged there.

Speaking to journalists during the flagging off ceremony of the teams in Nanyuki, County Governor Ndiritu Muriithi assured participants of security and a memorable experience.

“I am happy to report that 20 teams from various corporates have already registered for this event together with individual participants from all over the country. We guarantee nothing but fun,” he said. He urged the locals to embrace the event.