The function was part of the company initiatives to give back to the society through Corporate Social responsibility
By Sammy Waliaula
Local bodaboda operators in Bungoma County received over 250 Nzoia Sugar Company branded reflective jackets as a means of averting accidents especially at night.
The donation is part of the Company’s Corporate Social Responsibility program to enhance the livelihood of the youth in the County.
The handing over ceremony was held on Wednesday 8th July, 2015 at the Company premises from 11am. During the handing over ceremony, NSC Board Chairman Hon. Joash Wamang’oli assured the bodaboda operators of continuous working relations and support.
“We want to support our young men so that they are part and parcel of Nzoia Sugar Company,”said the Chairman.
Publicity through bodaboda reflective jackets and branded t-shirt/caps, according to Wamang’oli, are relatively cheaper compared to press and bill board advertising. He said the branded attire can be used for a long time and will reach out to many both locally and nationally.
He emphasised that the main reason for establishment of the Company is to create job opportunities for residents and not to sack serving employees. He added that the Company was committed to ensure youth get employment though casual jobs in various departments.
The bodaboda operators were requested to be the eye of the Company in the outside world by assisting NSC to apprehend those behind cane burning in the nucleus estate and cane poachers in the outgrowers.
The acting Managing Director Mr. Godfrey Wanyonyi on his part stated that safety for the bodaboda operators is very important and cannot be compromised at any cost hence the need to have relevant gear.
Wanyonyi requested youth, women and persons with disability to form and register groups and identify specific works, services or supplies to be rendered hence will be awarded 30% of the total Company tender contracts as outlined by the national Government.
The Base Commander Bungoma South Sammy Ole Mpakanyi who was also in attendance expressed his gratitude with Nzoia Sugar Company for engaging and hosting such an event meant to benefit local youths.
He said NSC is the biggest Company in the County and is therefore a major stakeholder in the transport industry. He hinted that road safety especially in Bukembe is commendable and motorcycle theft cases have greatly reduced adding that tracking devices are in place.
Mpakanyi requested bodaboda operators not to overload their motorcycles since this is a traffic offence which attracts penalties.
He said a single motorcycle should carry the rider and one passenger both wearing helmets and reflective jackets. The riders should also have gumboots for security reasons and acquire driving licenses since they are critical for their job.