Nairobi, February 19th, 2017 It is imperative to build synergy between the Government and other stakeholders especially development partners to actualize the National Youth Policy, Principal Secretary for the State Department of Youth Affairs Dr. Francis Owino has advised. Dr. Owino made the remarks when he represented the Cabinet Secretary for Public Service, Youth and Gender Affairs, Prof. Margaret Kobia during the opening of the validation meeting of the National Youth Policy 2007 attended by development partners.
County Executive Committee Members in charge of youth affairs, National Youth Council and other stakeholders, at an event held in Nairobi.
The participants reviewed the policy and elaborated efforts being implemented by their respective counties in developing an integrated framework towards mainstreaming the youth. Dr. Owino revealed that the National Government is putting up 20 Youth Empowerment Centers across the country aimed at harnessing youth potential saying the ministry is committed to all efforts directed at the realization of youth potential in nation building in line with the President’s Big Four Agenda.
The policy, which is an outcome of a broad-based consultative process, is designed to scale up youth empowerment interventions as well as youths’ value contributions to nation building. “It is important to emphasize that this policy is meant for the youth and youth organizations, families and community.
The main objective is to mainstream youth issues in all sectors of national development, at the micro and macro levels, national and county level, “the PS stated. Present were the Youth Congress, convener, Mr Raphael Obonyo, head of UN Habitat’s Youth Unit, Ford Foundation, Program Officer, Margaret Mliwa among others.