Kiambu County Governor Ferdinand Waititu says his administration plans to introduce a free milk and bread programme for pupils in public schools within the county.
In the programme, each pupil in lower primary classes, will receive a packet of milk and two loaves of bread daily.
Mr Waititu made the pledge at Macedonia PCEA church in Theta ward, Juja Sub-County on Sunday, January 21.
The governor observed that the initiative will help “improve the health of pupils” and also “create employment for Kiambu residents through dairy farming”.
Mr Waititu said that dairy farmers will be assured of a ready market for their milk products once the programme kicks off.
The governor said only pupils from public schools will benefit from the initiative.
He did not, however, reveal when the programme will be launched.
The governor added that unemployed women in the county will be provided with baking equipment to locally manufacture bread, which will be sold to the county government for pupils’ consumption.
Mr Waititu observed that enrollment in schools within Kiambu County is expected to increase due to the introduction of free milk and bread programme.
“We have enough funds to ensure that the programme is successful,” said the governor.
Mr Waititu urged women to enroll for tailoring courses at polytechnics within Kiambu because “soon there will be a high demand for school uniforms”.
He said tailoring courses will be offered at subsidised costs at polytechnics within Kiambu.
While welcoming the programme, Theta MCA, Simon Kuria, said that the initiative will revive dairy farming which, he said, had faded out due to lack of markets.
Kiambu County Deputy Governor James Nyoro, who spoke at the function, dismissed claims of falling out with Governor Waititu, saying they are “committed to serving the people of Kiambu”.