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Empower youth to spur economic development, says Governor

The youth have been described as the biggest asset and engine of growth and prosperity in the country and in the devolved units.

Nyeri Governor Mutahi Kahiga today said the youth form the bulk of Kenya’s population, a resource that can be tapped to spur social and economic development.

Kahiga was speaking at Mweiga NGCDF hall at Mweiga town in Kieni west sub-county during the launch of the Nyeri Youth Development Policy and Youth Public Participation forum.

Youths at Mweiga town in Kieni during the launch of the Nyeri Youth Development Policy

The County boss noted that in a rapidly challenging world, the youth are faced with many challenges that take the form of technological, economic, social, political, cultural and environmental factors.

“It is therefore imperative to develop and implement appropriate strategies, policies and programmes to mitigate the risks and challenges faced by the youth,” Kahiga said.

The Governor termed the formulation of the Nyeri Youth Development Policy as a milestone by his administration in achieving the youth development agenda.

On Thursday last week, Governor Kahiga assented into law the Nyeri youth development bill that provides a framework for youth empowerment and offers a framework for the establishment of a youth development committee as well as provide a mechanism for the realization of the rights of the young people.

He added, “the policy addresses issues affecting the youth in Nyeri by providing broad based objectives and strategies that will be implemented to give the youth meaningful opportunities to reach their maximum potential”.

Kahiga further said the policy also provides a framework on which all programmes and sectoral policies will base their efforts on mainstream issues affecting the youth at all levels in the county including mechanisms of accountability.

The governor disclosed that his government has formulated and implemented several youth’s empowerment programmes that include the 30 per cent of government procurement being set aside for youth, women and people living with disabilities.

Other programmes. Kahiga said are the annual youth internship programme, the ward youth empowerment programme, skills development, strengthening the private public partnerships, the Kenya climate smart project and the enterprise development fund.

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