Bamburi Cement company has offered scholarships to 20 students in Kwale worth sh. 1.1 million to realize the 100 percent transition program within the county.
The students who were stranded at their respective homes after failing to raise school fees to further their education, were notified of the full sponsorship.
Bamburi Cement’s Chief Executive Officer CEO Seddiq Hassan said the students were picked from a rigorous process basing on their academic excellence.
‘The students who originate from Mwachome and Denyenye Communities were selected through an Academic talent identification program that assures transparency and equity” he added.
The CEO said the levels of poverty not just in those areas but the Coast Region at large are alarming and need quick timely intervention to enable smooth transition of students to secondary schools.
On his part Matuga Sub-County Deputy County Commissioner Mr.Alexander Mativo confirmed that many students from the area could not raise fees to join secondary schools due to poverty levels in their families.
He applauded Bamburi Cement’s Scholarship programme terming it a worthy cause.
‘There’s need for companies to empower less fortunate communities especially in their areas of operations saying most of the students come from humble backgrounds and any assistance would be highly appreciated” said DCC Mativo
Bamburi Cement is expected to start a mining project in Kwale with the full blessing of the County government.
Tsimba/Golini MCA Mr. Swaleh Simba and his Denyenye counterpart stated that Bamburi cement agreed to undertake quarry rehabilitation as well as offer job opportunities to the locals.
‘Businesses are set to flourish in the area once Bambari cement starts it’s mining activities,” He added.