BY KORIR JUMA,NAIROBI,16TH NOV,2021-Interior Principal Secretary Karanja Kibicho has ordered National Government Administration Officers (NGAOs) to take part in efforts to tackle the surging number of school fires and unrest being witnessed across the country.
According to Kibicho, by getting NGAOs involved, stakeholders will be able to find an answer to the trend and facilitate uninterrupted learning within their areas of jurisdiction.
“We are experiencing a spate of school fires across the country. You must move in and lead from the front in mitigating the trend. This looks like a cyclic thing that the Ministry of Education is investigating, and all we can do is to ensure we are as vigilant as we can get,” the PS said in an address to NGAOs in Kitui County on Tuesday.
“As a ministry responsible for ensuring that there is order, we have instructed our officers to ensure that the consultation systems within the schools are functional, and that the committees that are supposed to ensure that the teachers, students and parents are talking are activated.”
While touring the Kitui County Textile Centre earlier, a production site for NGAOs uniforms, the PS highlighted that Kenya’s next step in matters industrialisation would be the abandonment of fabric importation in favour of locally-made textile products.
“We just graduated new Assistant County Commissioners and they were all donned in uniforms made by KICOTEC, this is what industrialization entails,” he said.
“We must now think about expanding the market. What we are planning to do is to stop the importation of fabrics and start thinking how to grow our own cotton.”
Kitui Governor Charity Ngilu said realization of the Big 4 Agenda was a priority for the county, further announcing plans to set up two more textile facilities in Mwingi and Mutomo to engage area residents with meaningful employment.