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21 Sep
By: Cornelius Kipkoech 0

BIG WIN FOR DAIRY SECTOR AS GOVERNOR SANG LAUNCHES HIS BIG 4 VERSION

 

The Dairy sector in Nandi County is set to benefit from the soon to be launched big 4 agenda after the Small Holder Dairy Commercialization Project- SDCP unbundled a number of goodies to the dairy farming practitioners in a bid to ensure profitability in the Dairy Value chain. The County Department of Agriculture and Cooperative Development, have identified the Dairy sector as one of the key value chains to be accorded serious focus in the apportionment of resources so as to turn around the sector which contributes to about 20 Per cent of the county’s income. During the launch of Governor Stephen Sang’s Big 4 agenda slated for next week, a number of Dairy groups and Apex Organizations will be issued with Cheques worth 23 million shillings to support their Dairy farming enterprises. Under the SDCP’s Dairy Feeds Development Window whose aim is to support the development of cheap dairy feeds by the Dairy farmers and thus reducing the cost of production, 5 groups will receive financial support from the county government towards their activities which include Commercial Hay Production. They include, Tururo Multipurpose Self-Help Group (Chepkunyuk Ward), Saos Women Group (Ollesos ward), Kipnusu Women Group (Kilibwoni Ward), Chepkoiyo SHG (Kurgung’- Surungai Ward) and Kapkitany Kalyet SHG (Kipkaren ward). Under the Marketing Window, Kaptildil CBO (Chesumei Sub County) will be supported through the purchase of Aluminum Milk Cans, Digital weighing scales and milk quality control machines such as Lactometers alcohol guns and reagents. Kapkuto Farmers Cooperative Society will be supported trough a 1.1 Million shillings fund for the purchase of a milk Cooler, Pasteurizer and milk Dispenser while Lessos and Tany’Kina Farmers’ Cooperative Societies will be supported to Purchase a 3000 litre Capacity Cooler, a Pasteurizer and a dispenser as well. Kabiyet dairies will also be supported with 2 milk Coolers. The County government through the Smallholder Dairy Commercialization Program also ropes the use of ICT in the dairy sector to facilitate automated collection of milk. To achieve these, Aldai, Lessos and Cheda Dairy Farmer’s Cooperative Societies will get 2.3 Million shillings each meant for ICT compliance while LOLKA Fcs will walk away with dairy accessories such a Standby Generator, a Compressor, Piping system and Sollar Panel System.

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20 Sep
By: Phoebe Jeruto 0

KAPSABET TOWN TO BE UPGRADED INTO A MUNICIPALITY.

Urban areas remain key strategic investment hub for economic growth in the Counties. Through the Department of Administration Public Service and e- Government, County Government of Nandi is looking forward to the conferment of Kapsabet Municipality Charter as  the first Municipality in the since the inception of the devolved unit.
This comes after an agreement between World Bank and National government acting through the Ministry of Transport, Infrastructure, Housing and Urban Development in collaboration with the Kenya Urban Support Program (KUSP) in order to implement the National Urban Development policy in the counties as in the The Urban Areas and Cities Act of 2011.

The World Bank has agreed to support by providing grants and access to which is conditional to performances of the County. This support will be done in phases through the provision of Urban Institutional Grants (UIGs) and Urban Development Grants (UDGs) to finance investments of urban infrastructure and service delivery.

The grants shall be made in phases of six (6) year period through a program whereupon the prudent use of the funds by the Municipality shall inform the disbursement of further grants for the next phase. Having the municipal charter in place, the County Executive Committee, through a competitive process, have successfully appointed members of Kapsabet Municipality board made up of (10) members who shall serve in a term of five (5) years

The Municipality, whose boundary shall cover locations of Kaptildil, Chepterit , Chemundu,Kamobo, Kiminda ,Kipture, Kipsigak and Kabirirsang, shall have many objectives and functions as stated in the “County Government of Nandi Municipal charter”.

Among these objectives set to be achieved by the Municipality include promotion, regulation and provision of refuse collection and solid Waste Management Services, Promotion and Provision of water and sanitation services and infrastructure (in areas within the Municipality not served by a water and sanitation provider), Construction and Maintenance of urban roads and associated infrastructure, Construction and Maintenance of storm drainage and flood controls, Construction and Maintenance of walkways and other non-motorized transport infrastructure, construction and maintenance of recreational parks and green spaces, Construction and Maintenance of street lighting, Construction, Maintenance and Regulation of traffic controls and parking facilities, Construction and maintenance of bus stands and taxi stands and regulation of outdoor advertising and ensuring that the County Government is provided with guidance and capacity building to enable it establish and operate urban Management Institutions for its urban areas.
The Kenya Urban Support Program is there to fast track the process of conferment of the status of a Municipality at Kapsabet town in order for it to qualify for funding and the KUSP team has been visiting the County to provide guidelines and ensure adherence to KUSP Operations Manual, Minimum Conditions and Performance Standards for the grants.

One of these minimum conditions is the Municipal Charter and the County government has  gazetted it as the ‘Nandi County Municipal Charter’.

The team also had the opportunity to meet the County Executive Steering Committee headed by the CECM Administration, Public service and E-government Teresa Morogo, also with the County Program Coordination team, affirms that Nandi County has met the minimum conditions and qualifies for UIG grants of 177 million and UDG grants of 50 million.

These funds are therefore ready for the disbursement upon conferment of Kapsabet municipality. With these, there are great expectations geared towards transforming the Urban areas through proper Urban Planning and Management.
These are key enablers in achieving quality and affordable housing as a pillar in the big four agenda and therefore all efforts by the County Government of Nandi are put in place for its achievement.

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20 Sep
By: Mitchelle Jelimo 0

NHIF CAMPAIGN TO BE ROLLED OUT IN NANDI COUNTY

Universal Health Care (UHC) seek to ensure that all people can obtain the health services they need without suffering financial hardship. In its Vision 2030, The GoK committed to becoming a competitive and prosperous nation with a high quality of life for all its citizens.

President Uhuru Kenyatta in his inaugural speech for his second term of Presidency outlined his Big Four growth agenda which include  Affordable Healthcare for all setting the country onto the path to realization of UHC.

Health is a devolved function,hence,The County Government of Nandi through the Department of Health and Sanitation is therefore  rolling out The National Health Insurance Fund to cover more of it’s citizens .

Time and again,four out of every five Kenyans have no access to medical insurance. Every year, millions of Kenyans are driven below the poverty line by healthcare – related out of pocket expenditures and millions more live in state of poverty that predisposes them to disease.

In Nandi County, Governor Stephen Sang,has decided to negotiate with NHIF in its bid to roll out a universal health care scheme for the residents targeting 100,000 households in the initial phase. This is in line with the President’s planned expansion of the NHIF.

Providing an elaborate health insurance forms an integral part the universal health pillar in the Big 4 and therefore plays a pivotal role in reducing the cost of healthcare to the Nandi residents.

“It is about time that counties approach a sustainable healthcare financing model that ensures quality services delivery and prudent use of funds.We ask the public to kindly avail themselves and make easy the process.As a healthy County is a wealthy County “ mentioned the County boss.

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20 Sep
By: Cornelius Kipkoech 0

EMBRACING HOUSING AS A PILLAR IN THE BIG 4 AGENDA.

By Phoebe Chirchir and Evans Kipchumba.

Quality and affordable Housing is one of the big four agenda in the National Government’s initiatives to be implemented through the extensive development of policies and projects that directly impact the lives of the ordinary citizens.

Article 43, sub-article 1(a) of the constitution of Kenya guarantees every Kenyan right to accessible and adequate housing, and to reasonable standards of sanitation. The state Department of Housing and Urban Development has therefore been charged with the mandate of structuring and delivering the affordable housing programme covering major urban areas across the country.

The government of Kenya has budgeted  6.5 billion shillings for the same and this is achieved by incorporating innovative, cost effective and efficient delivery models through the effective use of affordable and environmentally friendly construction materials as well as efficient construction techniques and technologies.

The County Government of Nandi is realigning its efforts on the Big Four agenda by focusing on housing as one of the pillars to it development plans. This is aimed at achieving the low-cost housing objective for the citizens as a way of solving the problem of inadequate and poor housing which is brought about by unavailability of affordable housing, challenges linked to land ownership and high cost of construction.

Therefore, the County Government of Nandi plans to have in place 5000 houses across the County through partnerships and development partners) in order to reduce congestion, improve security and environmental conservation, improve health and sanitation, enhance better quality of life and to meet the ever-growing demand.

To meet this target, the County Government of Nandi hopes to forge strong partnerships with financial institutions, private developers, producers of building materials and more importantly, National Government. In order to realize the 5000 houses in five years it is aimed at bridging the existing deficit of approximately 100 units per year.

The County Government will also be seeking funding opportunities from development partners and from National Government to augment the existing financing mechanisms that are being put in place to spur economic growth arround the housing sector and additionally create alternative financing strategies to promote investments in low-cost housing and related social and physical infrastructure.

There are strategies put in place for the achievement of quality and affordable housing by the county government and will be realized by developing the physical development plan, review of the land tenure system, sensitization of policy makers and other stakeholders, acquisition of land for the construction of the affordable housing units, developing funding proposals for construction of housing units, identification of development partners, construction of the housing units and establishment of tenant purchase schemes. To hasten the realization of these achievements, the county government through the department of Lands intends to fast track the spatial planning of the Entire County, Department of Administration, Public Service and e-Government is undertaking Integrated Urban Development planning for Kapsabet and Nandi Hills as well as allocating funds in the budget estimates of 2018/19.

Due to   the resource- intensive nature of the housing investments needed to achieve the set priorities as per the needs of the people, the County Government of Nandi is partnering with the National Government and the private sector to achieve quality and affordable housing to the citizens.  It is therefore doing this by launching the big four agenda and signing MOU with the National housing corporation  during the launch of the Big 4. The county leadership headed by the Governor Stephen Sang, is much destined to deliver and improve the lives of the people of Nandi through provision of better housing units

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20 Sep
By: Mitchelle Jelimo 0

Health Management Information System to be rolled out in Nandi County’s health facilities

To achieve Universal Healthcare systems need to be put in place. The County Government of Nandi, Department of Health and Sanitation is in the process of rolling out an HMIS at its facilities which comprises a set of components and procedures organized with the objective of generating information which will improve health care management decisions at all levels of the health system.
The roll out of the HMIS will aid in easy access to patient data. A well-implemented HMIS means readily available patient data to the care providers.
HMIS cuts out a lot of manual work that are performed in hospitals especially documentation and record keeping.
It helps in cutting down manpower costs because a lot of work gets automated and does not require manual intervention to store or analyze the information.
The HMIS will also save a lot on storage and the related costs. A well-implemented HMIS practically makes a hospital paper free.
Because processes on HMIS are automated and a lot of tasks are assigned to the software to be performed with utmost accuracy, with minimum human intervention, the scope of error is reduced dramatically.
For instance, while billing an IDP patient for consumables used, with HIS the bill can hardly go wrong because the consumables used are immediately entered into the HMIS by the nurse under the patient’s ID.
On another note,record keeping in hospitals is a mandatory bane with two challenges: HMIS is implemented in a hospital, all the data is stored on the server or Cloud. Since HMIS works on logins, data security is not an issue as long as the personnel keep their passwords secret and safe.
The Health Management System also comes with logins. Logins are like individual locks the key of which is alpha numeric with special characters, employee who needs to work on HMIS is given an individual login with access controls. Every task happens through logins, only,therefore giving the kind of accountability that manual processes never manage to give.
The HIS will also improve access to patient data and improved work efficiency means better and faster clinical decisions.
With automation, all departments in the hospitals are inter-connected and faster information access further improves the quality of patient care and the resultant bed turnover in the hospital.
The demonstration of the system will be done on the 24th of September in the presence of H.E The Deputy President William Ruto,with The County boss being entered in as employee number one in the county.
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20 Sep
By: Sheila Legetet 0

GROUPS SENSITIZED ON USE OF SEWING MACHINES AHEAD OF BIG 4 LAUNCH

The Department of Tourism, Culture and Social Welfare have have conducted capacity building sessions for beneficiaries of  free sewing machines under the Endeleza Jamii Mbele programme for women and PWD groups in the County.
The exercise aimed at preparing the beneficiaries with the technical know- how before the distribution of the sewing machines later this Month during the launch of Governor Stephen Sang’s Big 4 Agenda, an event that will be presided over by Deputy President William Ruto.
The program aims at creating hundreds of employment opportunities and empowering the affirmative action groups in the county as part of the key pillars in the realization of the both the county and the National and County Government big 4 blue print.
 
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20 Sep
By: Peter Kiprop 0

TEXTILE MAKING A KEY ASPECT IN REALIZING NANDI’S BIG 4 DREAM

TEXTILE MAKING ONE KEY ASPECT IN REALIZING NANDI’S BIG 4 DREAM
By Peter Kiprop.
For the realization of the President’s Big Four agenda and the Governor’s manifesto to transform Nandi, Nandi Governor Stephen Sang has aligned his Big 4 agenda that will be launched on Monday to that of the President. Under manufacturing pillar, the County Government of Nandi is setting up Textiles and Apparels unit  in partnership with Rivatex East Africa Limited at Kapsabet town.

The textile unit will manufacture affordable high quality apparel like school uniforms, hospital linen & other textile products projected to provide direct employment opportunities to an estimated 500 locals and indirectly to 2000 others in the first phase.

Deputy President William  Ruto is expected to officially commission the factory on Monday during the launch of Nandi Big four Agenda which will also entails training of youth and women to equip them with textile making skills that will enable them earn a living.

According to a report by the state department of industrialization, Trade and cooperatives, the country’s total apparel exports to the United States stand at US$ 371.66 million, putting Kenya top among countries in the Sub Saharan Africa and particularly members of AGOA.

In Nandi County, the leather and textile industry is estimated to have a turnover of 70 Million shillings annually and that could generate massive income to the county if well tapped into.
Therefore, the textiles and apparels value chain is a key area of priority in manufacturing, which is a central pillar of the president’s Big 4 Agenda for the next four years.

The department of Trade, Investment and Industrialization is planning to spend  100 Million shillings and has already allocated 50 Million shillings in the current financial year towards the flagship project.
An additional 50 Million is also expected to be allocated for the project in the next fiscal year.

Once established, students and pupils in Vocational Training Institutes and Early Childhood Development Education in Nandi County will have access to not only affordable but also high quality uniforms that is made locally.

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20 Sep
By: Luiz Kipkoech Patrick 0

Ruto to preside over Governor Sang’s Big 4 Launch

Governor Stephen Sang will on Monday host the Deputy President William Ruto during the launch of his Big 4 agenda.

Governor Sang has aligned his Big 4 agenda to President Kenyatta’s Big 4 agenda that comprises of Universal Health, Food Security, Manufacturing and Affordable Housing.

In health, Deputy President William Ruto will commission the MRI and Renal Unit, a stand by generator and inspect progress of the refurbishing of the Nyayo wards at Kapsabet referral hospital.

Sang in his first year in office, has invested a lot in the health sector and there is notable progress in the department and aligning his health sector to that of the President’s agenda will go a long way in ensuring that Nandi County’s health sector is among the best in the country.

Ruto will also flag off 44 Motorcycles acquired by the county Government and given to AI officers to ease their movement while offering subsidized AI services to Nandi farmers.This is in bid to boost the Dairy farming sector within the county.

The County Government has also acquired 5 Milk coolers that will be distributed to Dairy cooperatives from across the county.

During the event, Ruto will also Inspect progress works at the Modern Residential athletic camp being put up by the county, Issue 21,300 title deeds and witness the Conferment of Kapsabet town as a municipality.

Governor Sang will also unveil his one year scorecard and enumerate to the residents what his administration has been doing in its first year in office.

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12 Sep
By: Remmy Butia 0

HEALTH AND SANITATION CEC ASSURES NURSES OF COUNTY’S SUPPORT

The County Government of Nandi has assured nurses that they will receive support to ensure they provide better healthcare to residents. CEC for health and sanitation Ruth Koech hailed nurses across the county for the extra care and long hours they invest in taking care of patients and saving lives.

She was speaking in her office after receiving a scanner and a router from USAID to support the department of health Human Resource unit for the purpose of updating HRH data into iHRIS. Integrated Human Resources Information System (iHRIS) is an open-source web application built by Intrahealth International to improve efficiency in health worker force management and development. It helps to collect, manage, analyze, interpret, and disseminate data about the health workers countrywide based on international human resources management & development standards and practices.

Kenya is one of the countries supported by PEPFAR in combating HIV/ AIDS, RMNCAH and malaria activities. HRH Kenya Mechanism is a USAID PEPFAR funded project that strengthens health workforce management to achieve improved health outcomes for the Kenyan people. One of the key areas of the project is to implement integrated Human Resource Information System (iHRIS) and optimize data use for effective decision making at national and county level and establish linkages between iHRIS to regulatory and service delivery data systems.

iHRIS enables Counties to save time storing employee records with the easy to use web forms, enhances efficiency in managing employee data since it checks data integrity and consistency, HR managers are able to track the status of their health workers and know where they are stationed, trainings received, attrition etc. The system enhances communication between national, county and facility level as information updated at the facility level is accessible at all other levels. iHRIS provides national, county and facility-related statistics on health workforce numbers and skills and allows partners & other stakeholders to track numbers and skills of health workers for counties and facilities of their interest.

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05 Sep
By: Cornelius Kipkoech 0

National and County Governments on talks over Big 4 roll out

The County Government of Nandi has allingned its priority projects in the Agriculture Sector with the National Government’s Big four agenda and Agriculture Sector Transformation and Growth strategy (ASTGS).
Promotion of Agro Processing through Value addition is the way to go as we seek to ensure that our County is food Secure and improve income for our farmers through identification of Markets for farm produce.
The County Government of Nandi on Tuesday hosted a delegation from the State Department of Agriculture and Irrigation and held discussions on how the two levels of Governments will engage towards the realization of the big 4 Agenda.

Nandi Deputy Governor Yulita Cheruiyot led the talkswith reresentatives from state department where key prioritiesto be undertaken in line line with the Big Four blue print in the Agriculture sector were identified.

Among the priority projects that the County Government of Nandi has begun to implement include the establisment of milk proccesing plant, establishment of an heifer improvement centre, Artificial Insemination subsidy program, building green houses across the County, promotion of Avocado farming, Coffee,Macadamia Nut and Irish potato farming.

Agriculture and Cooperative Development CEC Wilson Tai said he is also working on an eloborate and defficient Agricultural Extension Policy that shall be implemented to equip farmers requisite knowledge in thier farming activities.

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