By Reuben Olita
Chief Officer for Education and Vocational Training, Dan Mogoria has resigned to vie for the Busia gubernatorial seat in the August 9, 2022 general elections.
Addressing the press at the Education Offices boardroom, Mr Mogoria said that he has relinquished his position with immediate effect after serving in the Government of H.E Sospeter Ojaamong since 28th March, 2018.
” I have handed over to Director Vocational Training Mr Leonard Opollo until such a time when the Governor will appoint a substantive Chief Officer,” the outgoing chief officer said.
The law requires public officers eying elective seats to vacate office on or before February 9, 2022.
Mr Mogoria thanked the almighty God, and the Governor for having given him an opportunity to serve as chief officer.
He also thanked the staff and the Busia Education Support Scheme Committee for their cordial working relations.
Mogoria said since taking over he has turned the fortunes of the department by pushing the enrollment of Early Childhood Development Education (ECDE) pupils to 54,000.
” The number of students undertaking various skilled courses at the county’s Vocational Training Centres has increased from 6000 to 20,000,” he said.
He added: ” The department had faced challenges with stalled ECDE classrooms. We terminated contracts and awarded to other contractors; it’s good news that we have set aside Ksh.49million towards their completion.
” As I quit my duties to try my luck to become the second Governor, I will strive to emulate the former Tanzanian President, the late John Pombe Magufuli who changed Tanzania within six years and which his predecessors could not do in 25 years,” he said.
He continued:” I have a good chance to secure the Governorship and consolidate on the gains achieved by the incumbent who also ensured peace and unity prevailed in the county.
Former chairperson Education Committee Busia County Assembly, Novena Ndaliro thanked Mogoria for steering the department to greater heights, describing him as workaholic, diligent and focused.
” When he took over there were no bursaries for about four years but he put structures in place in terms of legislations and formation of Busia Education Support Scheme committee. Students now enjoy scholarships, Afya Elimu, Educatio Bursary and Grants to Vocational Training Centres,” he said, exuding confidence that Mr Mogoria will succeed in his endeavours.
Those present included Ag. Director, ECDE, Daniel Osere, Ag.Deputy Director VT, Benard Onunga, Sub County Coordinator Nambale, Jane Adongo, Chief Accountant, Rose Sang and DICESE Manager, Evans Ekoya.