By Reuben Olita
An additional 461 students have benefited from Busia Beach Management Unit (BMU) Education Scholarship that has so far realized the disbursement of Ksh.4.7 million since its roll out in 2020.
The money is from the proceeds realized from the Fish Cage Investment support they received from Busia County Government which bankrolled the worthwhile initiative.
Speaking during the release of the last disbursement of Ksh.1 million to the beneficiaries, Busia County Director of Fisheries, Timothy Odende said a total of 214 students benefitted from the inaugural disbursement of Ksh.1.5 million in 2020 with the second cohorts receiving a total of Ksh.3.2 million.
Odende said, Ksh.4.7m that has been distributed to the needy students so far was part of the dividends the fishermen earned from cage fish farming which is an initiative of the County Government of Busia through the Department of Agriculture, Livestock Fisheries and Agribusiness.
Busia Governor, H.E Sospeter Ojaamong’s administration launched the modern fish farming method using cages in 2019 and handed over to the BMUs to manage them in Lake Victoria.
The move to launch this method of fishing followed the depletion of fish in Lake Victoria and frequent arrests of local fishermen by Ugandan security officers.
The recipients of the sponsorship are children of licensed fishermen. Each BMU is
contributing Ksh.14,000 annually towards supporting the scholarship program.
A parent of one of the beneficiaries, Charles Odongo, thanked the County Government for the investment and for providing an enabling environment to fishermen operating on Lake Victoria.
” This is a demonstration that the government of Governor, H.E Sospeter Ojaamong values children. Our children should take advantage of this kind gesture to advance their education career,” he said.