Start own jobs, youth in Nyan­darua urged

‘Don’t take your cer­tifi­cate to the vil­lage. Go some­where and start some­thing’

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties Central - NDICHU WAINAINA @NdichuWainaina

Youth com­plet­ing uni­ver­si­ties and col­leges have been urged to cre­ate jobs.

Nyan­darua Ed­u­ca­tion ex­ec­u­tive Peter Macharia, chief of­fi­cer Char­ity Maina, au­thor Henry ole Kulet and Nyan­darua gover­nor as­pi­rant Si­mon Kanyingi at­tended a grad­u­a­tion on Wed­nes­day at Mi­rangine polytech­nic, Ol Kalou.

“We know many peo­ple with de­grees but who don’t want to be em­ployed. Go­ing to the top re­quires peo­ple who are in­no­va­tive and will­ing to start their pro­grammes,” Macharia said.

Maina told grad­uands not to fo­cus on get­ting gov­ern­ment jobs as the wage bill is al­ready be­yond the limit.

“Start busi­nesses. A lot of money is in self-em­ploy­ment, not in of­fices,” she said.

Maina urged youth to unite and start com­pa­nies to ben­e­fit from the 30 per cent gov­ern­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties.

Kulet, who is also the in­sti­tu­tion’s board of man­age­ment chair­man, urged youth to make use of their train­ing and tal­ent to im­prove lives.

Kanyingi, who is also a busi­ness­man, said, “Do not be in­tim­i­dated by those who say hakuna kazi (there are no jobs). I am liv­ing tes­ti­mony that you can make it in life even if you don’t get a white-col­lar job.”

He said Kenya is grow­ing and de­vel­op­ing as a na­tion, and to achieve Vi­sion 2030, those grad­u­at­ing from tech­ni­cal in­sti­tu­tions should play their role. “Do not take your cer­tifi­cate back to the vil­lage. Go some­where and start some­thing,” he said.

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