Over the years, the Kenyan youth has been disadvantaged due to the low employment opportunities, but as the country embraces an inclusive growth agenda where everyone’s contribution to economic growth and development is emphasized, Uasin Gishu has not been left behind.
The newly elected Uasin Gishu governor Jonathan Bii-Chelilim said, “The youth are the strength, wealth and drivers of innovation. The new government has made notable exception which will make a deliberate and systematic effort to equip and empower the youth of Uasin Gishu to attain and realise their full potential. Unemployment remains one of the greatest challenges facing our country. Currently, 70% of unemployed people in Kenya are the youth due to unavailability of adequate opportunities”.
“In order to tap the youth immense potential, harness their talent and knowledge expertise, the decision of the new administration has promised to ensure 40% of the tenders are awarded to youth and women through access to government procurement opportunities programs,” Bii said
He noted that in his administration, the policy could also benefit the youth by creating a functional rewarding fund for youth in business module along the national Uwezo fund to ensure accessible and affordable finance credit, establish fully equipped youth centres with free internet access and relevant digital facilities in all sub counties for youth to access government information and opportunities.
He further added that they would create a county skill repository to facilitate the placement of qualified youths on available job vacancies and establish a county incubators’ centre for research and innovation.
The sector of youth development visualizes an innovative, creative and vibrant youth building a better Kenya as it strives to promote holistic development of the youth, to make them self-reliant and productive to the society.