Youth make up 52% of staff in Kisii – Ong­wae

Says they have em­ployed 2,088 young peo­ple, the youngest be­ing 21 years old

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties - ANGWENYI GICHANA @agichana

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.

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