Bungoma Governor Wycliffe Wafula Wangamati has assured residents and schools within the county of drilling enough boreholes during this dry season.
Speaking at Namanje primary school in Bumula constituency during a fundraiser aimed at building an ablution block for the school on Friday, Wangamati said that the county government had plans of drilling water across all wards in the county.
” We have planned to buy a water drilling rig in our county budget that will make drilling of boreholes in all our wards, especially in schools, faster and cheaper,” he said.
Wangamati added that in awaiting of the budget process, the county has already borrowed a drilling rig from its neighbouring county to commence the drilling process.
“As we await the budget process, we have borrowed the Trans Nzoia county government’s drilling rig as an emergency measure to drill water in several schools this dry season.”
He further listed Namanje primary school as one of the beneficiaries of the borehole drilling program.
He also showed collaboration with national government and international investors in ensuring low capital drilling of boreholes and high capital investments in piped water supply as one of one of his elaborate blue print in the water sector.
In company of the area MP Hon Mwambu Mabonga and area MCA and deputy speaker of Bungoma county assembly Hon Chrispinus Wamusai, Wangamati led the fundraiser that met the target needed to construct an ablution block.
The school which has a population of over 600 pupils had earlier on received a closure notice from public health officials for lack of enough toilets.
Governor Wangamati reiterated his support for education across the county and urged all parents not to let their children sit at home for any reason since his government has made increments in bursary funds.