Youth make up 52% of staff in Kisii – Ongwae
Says they have employed 2,088 young people, the youngest being 21 years old
Kisii county has employed 2,088 youths, Governor James Ongwae has said. This translates to 52 per cent of the jobs in the county public service, he said.
Ongwae dismissed claims his administration has ignored the youth. “In fact the youngest employee, a plant operator, is aged 21,” he said.
Some youths have accused the county of giving them a raw deal in employment and tenders. But Ongwae said his government has created a conducive environment for job creation.
He spoke to the Star on Monday after the county hosted the #Kikao045 youth summit. Ongwae said his government has put in place measures to address issues affecting the youth.
“Unfortunately, not all youth can get jobs, that is why we must encourage entrepreneurship and innovation as a means of wealth and employment creation,” he said. “I want the youth to be architects of their own destiny.”
Ongwae said he has signed into law the Kisii County Youth and Women Empowerment Fund Act, 2016, which provides modalities on how Sh30 million in soft loans will be distributed to the youth.
“The fund seeks to empower, improve and develop youth by providing access to capital and financial facilities through loans and grants,” the governor said.