Kitui Government to Sponsor More Artisanal Learners at Varsity in a Partnership Deal – Governor Charity Ngilu*
Friday, October 12, 2018
lKitui Governor’s Press
By Barrack Muli,
The County Government of Kitui will sponsor more learners to acquire skills in artisanal mining ahead of the mining activities in most parts of the county.
Addressing the graduation ceremony at SEKU University today – where 52 artisanal miners drawn from 8 groups supported by her administration graduated, the Governor said the County government will support 60 others to enroll for the same course on Monday next week.
She said the trainees will work in their groups with the support of the county and National Government, to engage in the extraction, value addition and marketing of gemstones which exist in big quantities in many parts of the county.
Ngilu said artisanal mining has the potential for creating employment and generating wealth for the people and the County Government of Kitui.
She further said her government will support the 8 groups to form one artisanal mining cooperative which will provide direct employment to over 8000 people as casuals, food suppliers, equipment supplies and maintenance.
The Governor said her government will explore other opportunities of partnership such as water resources development and food processing.
She said that her government will set up a gemstones laboratory in Mwingi town to help in value addition of the minerals in the area.
SEKU Vice Chancellor Prof. Geoffrey Muluvi said the varsity will continue partnering with the County Government as a training and research institution to enable the government attain the development agenda hinged on the 5 pillars.
At least 1000 artisanal miners will benefit from the partnership.
Also in attendance were Deputy Governor Dr. Wathe Nzau, County CEC for Mining John Makau and CEC Office of the Governor Ben Katungi among others.