KISII, 12 August 2018 (PSCU) –President Uhuru Kenyatta has assured that implementation of the Big Four Agenda will create job opportunities for the youth.
The President cited the manufacturing sector, one of the pillars of the Big Four, which is expected to create more than 800,000 jobs annually.
“Textile and apparel making, assembly of electricals and electronics, motor vehicle assembly, agro-processing, and fish processing are emergent opportunities that our youth can now exploit,” President Kenyatta said.
The Head of State was speaking today in Kisii where he led the country in celebrations to mark this year’s International Youth Day.
On the war against corruption, President Kenyatta urged the youth to play a leading role in fighting the vice.
“We should come together to fight corruption because it hinders progress,” the President said.
The theme of this year’s event is ‘Safe spaces for the youth’ which focuses on providing safe spaces for young people to come together, engage in activities to foster their diverse needs and interests including participating in decision-making processes and freely expressing themselves.
President Kenyatta emphasized his commitment to clearing obstacles hindering the youth from achieving their full potential as he outlined the measures taken by his administration to empower youth including constructing 70 Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) institutions to equip the youth with the requisite skills to secure jobs.
As part of the youth empowerment program, the President said his Government has also created a conducive environment and supported those with an entrepreneurial spirit to set up business enterprises.
“It is for this reason that my Government has expanded national programmes that support business development services among vulnerable groups, including youth, women and persons living with disability, in order to promote the inclusion of these groups into the mainstream economy,” the President said.
President Kenyatta added that in line with his Government’s policy of youth mainstreaming, all public sector projects are now required to be youth sensitive and to have components for the youth.
On ICT, the Head of State said the Ajira Digital program is proving to be a game changer in enabling Kenyan youth to access on-line work opportunities.
“To date, over 40,000 youth are already using the Ajira Digital portal and are earning from leading international companies through the internet infrastructure established by the ICT ministry, which we refer to as the Constituency Innovation Hubs,” the Head of State said.
The President expressed satisfaction that Kenyan youth were ranked 10th globally and first in Africa, in the provision of online work services.
The event was a culmination of weeklong activities that included a peace football match, exhibitions as well as talent shows.
Other speakers included Public Service, Youth and Gender Cabinet Secretary Prof. Margaret Kobia and Kisii Governor James Ongwae.
Prof. Kobia acknowledged the gains made by her ministry in youth empowerment and pledged to continue providing solutions to the many challenges that face the youth and which hinder them from realizing their full potential.
“That is why the Government started a number of programs fully dedicated to promote social economic empowerment of the youth,” the Cabinet Secretary said.
Prof. Kobia thanked President Kenyatta for being a champion in addressing the youth agenda.
“I wish to assure you of our commitment to prudent use of resources in supporting and fulfilling the mandate of the youth department in policy and coordination,” Prof. Kobia said.
Chief Justice David Maraga, Cabinet Secretaries Ukur Yattani (Labour and Social Protection), Fred Matiang’i (Interior) and Joe Mucheru (Information Communication & Technology) as well as Governors Joyce Laboso (Bomet), Prof. Anyang’ Nyong’o (Kisumu), Alfred Mutua (Machakos) and Mutahi Kahiga (Nyeri) also attended the celebrations.