His Excellency Governor Francis Kimemia has launched a youth empowerment program in an intensive bid to turn around fortunes for Nyandarua’s youth.
With an initial uptake of 50 candidates in each of the County’s 25 wards, the program will see the young people work with the Department of Transport, Energy and Public Works to continuously maintain roads, unblock drainage and clear bushes.
Speaking while launching the program in Engineer for youth drawn from Kipipiri and Kinangop Sub-Counties, Governor Kimemia said the youth will be issued with equipment, including hand shovels, machetes, high visibility jackets and other safety gear.
“They will also be involved in beautification of towns and tree planting. I am working to ensure that the program becomes sustainable and revolves to cover as many of our youth as possible,” he said.
Noting that the program will soon be unveiled in Ol’Kalou, Ol’Jororok and Ndaragwa Sub-Counties, the County head listed goodies he has lined up for the youth, including helping them to acquire equipment and machinery to help them generate income for themselves.
“Through the Department of Youth, Sports and the Arts, we are buying car-washing machines, salon equipment and greenhouses to help our youth. We are also offering skills and training to help them compete with their peers across the nation,” the Governor said.
Governor Kimemia further noted that the County Government has initiated programs for various categories of youth, including those without basic education and life skills.
“We will help those keen on sports by establishing talent centres while those leaning towards entrepreneurship will be assisted to register companies. This financial year alone, we are targeting to register 100 youth companies,” he said.
The Governor said the expected commencement of short courses by the University of Nairobi at ATC Ol’Jororok – ahead of the launch of degree courses by the proposed University of Nyandarua – will boost Nyandarua’s human resources base.
Governor Kimemia reiterated his campaign pledge that no bright but needy student will drop out of school on account of fee balances.
“We have put our needy students studying in national schools on scholarships. We are also facilitating our university students to access funds from the Higher Education Loans Board,” he said.
The Governor warned that he will not sit back and watch the youth suffer depression due to hardships.
“We must help our youth get back on their feet,” he said.
Governor Kimemia told off those trying to undermine his projects with an eye on the General Election scheduled for 2022.
“I will do the best for Nyandarua now. My singular focus is to deliver the pledges to the people. Those who are afraid that we are succeeding have started to panic about 2022. Let us all work now and once that 2022 comes we shall be judged on the basis of our scorecard,” he said.
Present were Deputy Governor Her Excellency (Mrs.) Cecilia Mbuthia, County Secretary Mr. Hiram Kahiro, and County Executive Committee members Hon. Dominic Ngugi (Youth, Sports and the Arts), Hon. (Eng.) Stephen Mbugua (Transport, Energy and Public Works) and Hon. Lawrence Mukundi (Lands, Housing, Physical Planning and Urban Development).