Gov. Spokesman Col Oguna Challenges Youths On Job Opportunities Created by Government Programmes

Government Spokesman Colonel Rtd Cyrus Oguna

Col. Cyrus Oguna asked Kenyan youths to take advantage of the largest investment opportunity offered by Equity bank which had set aside US$5 million for entrepreneurs to invest in tourism, manufacturing, agriculture and other sectors

By David Musundi

Government spokesman Rtd Col. Cyrus Oguna has asked the youths of this country to utilize job opportunities created by government programmes. Col. Oguna challenged youths to be proactive in seeking government social programmes aimed at empowering them to learn and commercialize skills.

‘You must be able to take advantage of the opportunities offered by the government so that you participate in useful activities that will empower you economically’, he said. He said the time had come for the youth of this country to be aggressive enough to benefit from the economic ventures offered by the government to be self-reliant. Colonel Oguna said this on his tour of Trans Nzoia County when he addressed youths at the Kitale Youth Empowerment Centre before addressing the media.

 The Spokesman noted that there are so many opportunities that the youths had not exploited due to lack of information. He said there were more job opportunities in Kenya and other neighbouring countries that are members of the East African Community that need to be exploited by the youths of this country.    He asked Kenyan youths to take advantage of the largest investment opportunity offered by Equity bank which had set aside US$5 million for entrepreneurs to invest in tourism, manufacturing, agriculture and other sectors. The real cure for the Kenyan poverty he said is wealth creation. The government he added was on a defined course of changing the destiny of its people. He wondered why many youths were reluctant to grab opportunities offered by the government.

Col. Oguna however said several challenges had hindered the youths from engaging in such programs. ‘’ There are several barriers that have been preventing youths from proactively engaging in the programmes, notable lack of devices like computers, smartphones and adequate space to concentrate ‘’

 The government he said had opened up youth hubs to have them trained online and seek jobs to help them better their lives. He urged the youths to take advantage of the Ajira programme and others which he said will help them come out of the shackles of poverty. Coln Oguna added that the government had established several centres which are well equipped with free internet, computers and favourable space where youths can be trained on skills. The centres he said comprise public libraries, satellite locations and the Ajira clubs in universities in the country where learners are trained on data entry and transcription among others.  

 Oguna however said several challenges had hindered the youths from engaging in such programs. ‘’ There are several barriers that have been preventing youths from proactively engaging in the programmes, notably lack of devices like computers, smartphones and adequate space to concentrate ‘’. He later inspected ongoing works at the one-stop border post at Suam.

 He said the Big Four Agenda drive is alive and not dead as claimed by a section of political leaders. ‘’ The big 4 economic agenda initiated by president Uhuru hasn’t been abandoned and will not be abandoned even as the Head of the State’s exit date draws near’’, he said.

 He said that the government was very keen on the completion of all infrastructural programs aimed at accelerating President Uhuru Kenyatta’s dreams. ‘’The ongoing infrastructural development across the county is sufficient evidence that the government is committed to attaining the agenda 4 programme’’, he added.

 He asked Kenyans to have a culture of appreciating economic achievements by the government instead of resorting to negative criticism. “Kenyans should learn the culture of appreciating economic achievements. Kenyans don’t have to attack the government,” he said.

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