A cohort of twenty-five out of the one hundred students flagged off by Elgeyo Marakwet Governor Alex Tolgos on Friday has arrived in Finland.
The party drawn from various locations in Elgeyo Marakwet County left the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) in Nairobi, Kenya, moments after 1:00 am Sunday, May 22, 2022, to Doha International Airport, where they connected their flight to Helsinki, Finland.
They arrived in Helsinki at 3:00 PM GMT, Sunday afternoon where they were received by Peter Perttula, an official from the host institution.
The excited Kenyan students were handed survival kits and some foodstuff to get them going in the foreign land.
From Helsinki, they boarded a bus to Tampere City, their final destination, a journey that took them about one and half hours time.
The students will be studying at Tampere Univesity which is located approximately 180 kilometers from Helsinki.
Speaking to Governor’s Press by telephone from Helsinki, one of the students Trevy David Kiptoo said his colleagues were extremely happy and thankful to God for the safe journey.
“I thank God. The journey is amazing and we have really enjoyed everything,” said Kiptoo.
Sixteen more students are expected to depart the country for Helsinki from Wednesday, May 25, 2022, while the remaining will leave by Mid July.
By the time he will be exiting office in August, Governor Tolgos will have lived up to his promise that he was keen to airlifting about 150 students overseas before the end of his tenure as the governor of Elgeyo Marakwet.
The first cohort of 25 who left Kenya for Finland in 2020 will be due for graduation sometime next year and could secure themselves employment opportunities with attractive remuneration in Europe.
Apparently, this development will no doubt characterize the legacy of Eng. Tolgos, the first Governor of Elgeyo Marakwet.