NAKURU, Kenya 14th May 2015 – Governor Kinuthia Mbugua has reassured the youth that the County Government of Nakuru is rebranding and renovating polytechnics to equip them with practical skills and knowledge as an empowerment tool.
Speaking at the Afraha grounds during the 3 day Rift Valley Youth Forum and Exhibition, Mbugua said that despite majority of youth suffering from unemployment, another major challenge they are facing is the lack of skills which disqualify them in securing some of the tenders in the counties.
‘Skills are very critical in any operation and that is why in Nakuru we are rebranding 19 youth polytechnics to ensure youth become competent in their respective fields’ said Mbugua.
He added that bursaries are being provided to offer full sponsorship to driving school students.
At the same time Mbugua said the county is also collaborating with donors in offering ICT programs in vocational trainings to ensure majority of youth are computer literate.
He called on youth to take advantage of agribusiness venture in the counties to create jobs among themselves.
‘It is impressive to see some youth venturing in agribusiness. The level of entrepreneurship is amazing and with agribusiness you will never go wrong,’ he said.
Other governors including Cleophas Langat(Nandi) and Simon Kachapin(West Pokot) together with the Nakuru Governor also promised to creat a formula of allocating 30 per cent of county tenders to youth under the devolved function.
They said the provision of tenders is among economic empowerment agenda to youth in counties.
Governor Mbugua also called on youth to form groups to enable them borrow funds from the uwezo fund kitty and also to establish Sacco’s where they can save and empower themselves in starting businesses.
The youth forum and exhibition is the first in Nakuru and has attracted youth from 7 counties including Nakuru, Nandi, West Pokot, Kericho, Bomet, Tranzoia and Marakwet.
Present at function included Deputy Governor Joseph Ruto, County Secretary Joseph Motari, Deputy County Secretary Geoffrey Kioko, CEC Education Prof. Catherine Kitetu and Members Of The County Assembly led by Biashara Ward MCA Stephen Kuria among others.