1 March 2012

Kenya: Sh2.5 Million to Train Boda Boda Taxi Riders

THE Nyatike CDF has set aside Sh2.5 million to train boda boda operators on road safety amid increasing accidents in Migori county.

The training which targets over 500 youths in phase one, will also enable the riders to acquire riding licenses. Qualified trainers were hired by the CDF committee with the help of local traffic police to conduct the training.

"Many commuters have lost their lives in the road carnage and since we can't wish the boda boda away as it offers more help to youths, we plan to train them in road safety," said Omondi Anyanga, the area MP.

He said the operators themselves are at higher risk of losing their lives due to reckless driving.

Anyanga said the success of phase one will see more youths benefit from training with additional programmes.

"This CDF intervention will reduce the carnage as most of the raiders lack any formal training in riding motorbikes and road safety rules which makes them to be prone to accidents," Anyanga said at Wath Ong'er CDF office in his constituency during the launch of the programme.

Nyatike district police chief Samuel Anampiu, who also attended the function, said the training will reverse the increase of boda boda accidents in the county.

During the function the MP said that Nyatike CDF kitty was also allocated to other sectors like water projects Sh9 million, roads Sh7.4million, refurbishing chiefs camps Sh1.5m, health Sh4.4 million and education taking the largest share at Sh36.4 million with Sh11.4 million of that going for bursary to needy students from the constituency.

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