The County Government of Migori has launched a solar lamp project aimed at reducing dependence to the expensive kerosene lamps most rural families still use in the county. Migori is among the least powered counties in Kenya with 4 out of every five homes without electricity.
Speaking during the launch of the programme, governor Okoth Obado said he still feels ‘depressed’ that children of the county still study using kerosene lamps and attend mud-walled schools.
The new project, said the governor, will help address the lighting needs of county residents even as he pushes the national government to prioritize Migori County for power lighting. Migori county has Gogo Falls which contributes electricity to the national grid and which can be harnessed to power every home in the county.
“We look down in shame whenever we take visitors into our homes lit by kerosene lamps, which our suffering children use to study,” said the governor.
“We must work together to change these circumstances.Â This Countyâ€™s ambition of creating a modern economy and contributing to the realization of Kenyaâ€™s Vision 2030 will remain a mirage if our response to the universal challenges of ignorance, unemployment, poor infrastructure, disease, poverty, hunger, and environmental degradation, is wanting,” added Gov. Obado.Â