Bungoma County CEC for Public Administration Mr. Richard Sabwami (left) and Bungoma County Advisor for Special Programs Ms Carolyne Buyela (centre) distribute mattresses at Teremi High School on Thursday 16 May, 2019. PHOTO/COURTESY
Teremi High School and their counterparts Ndivisi in Bungoma County today received a surprise aid from the County Government of Bungoma following a dormitory rage that engulfed the institutions a fortnight ago.
Led by the County Executive Committee Member for Public Administration Mr. Richard Sabwami Keya and County Advisor for Special Programs Ms Carolyne Buyela, the devolved unit distributed hundreds of mattresses, blankets, sheets and other personal effects all the five hundred students of the two schools whose dormitories were gutted down by fire caused by electricity faults.
Bungoma County CEC for Public Administration and Management Mr. Richard Sabwami Keya during the event. PHOTO/COURTESY
Speaking today during the distribution, Ms Buyela said the County Government of Bungoma under the leadership of H.E Governor Wycliffe Wafula Wangamati has put measures in place to avoid a repeat of such incidents in future.
“As the County Government, we are committed to proactive approaches in matters related to disasters and safeties,” said Ms Buyela.
Bungoma County Advisor for Special Programs Ms Carolyne Buyela during the event. PHOTO/COURTESY
Ms Buyela, whose department has received numerous accolades for her efforts to improve the lifestyle of the locals including women groups, also challenged the school managements to observe routine checks on school infrastructures in order to detect and curb any impending disasters.
“We are calling upon all schools managements to always conduct routine checks and maintenances in the schools properties like checking on loose electricity connections, uncovered boreholes, cracked buildings etc.”
Some of the donations distributed to the two schools. PHOTO/COURTESY
On curbing the rampant unrests in schools, Buyela said, “We are also pleading with our schools management to form up Safety Committees that will address students grievances before they escalate into unmanageable levels. Moving forth, as the Advisor Special Program, I will be moving across the county to meet with both National Administration Officers and County Administrative officers in sensitizing our people on disaster management and safety.”
Students of Teremi High School while receiving the donations. PHOTO/COURTESY
Most schools do not carry out routine checks on school properties, resulting to disastrous incidents that could have otherwise been avoided.