The government has been urged to convert the unemployed ‘youth bulge’ in the country into a positive demographic dividend instead of perceiving it as a daunting task.
The Director for Modern Change Achievers’ Jackson Njonjo said what can easily weigh down a country’s development, can be turned into a dynamo for proactive economic growth and social transformation.
Speaking today at a workshop at a Nakuru hotel for unemployed youth, he said the traditional perception of jobs changed a decade ago and anybody waiting to be employed in offices was behind the changed scenarios of what was perceived as work in the current world.
He said the coronavirus pandemic highlighted the changed work set-ups and transformed homes and streets into the real ‘offices of the new-world order,’ hence the need for the policy makers to shift their programs from creating employment to being facilitators of the jobless.
“If you have a backyard or an extra room in your house consider it your office and a market distribution center where various things can be produced and packaged,”
Njonjo gave examples of former street children who have transformed chicken-legs that were normally discarded to the most sought-after dog feeds in the town. He added that the increased insecurity due to the approaching national election was a venue for employment.
He noted that a number of candidates who are planning to vie for county and parliamentary seats were willing to pay bodyguards for themselves and their homesteads.
He also said the country was still a major importer of a number of food items such as wheat, rice, sugar, onions and maize. However, if the unemployed youth were to produce stockpiles of some of the food stuff, there is a possibility of becoming employers instead of job seekers.
Finally, he appealed to the government to consider banning second hand clothes ‘Mitumba’ to enable creation of clothing industries in the country.