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All Hands Deck Needed To Save Youth From Billows Of Life

Stakeholders have raised alarm on the need for a multi-facetted approach on youth engagement and empowerment as a way to make a sober, healthy and prosperous society.

This even as alcoholism, substance abuse, unemployment and access to destructive content stoke the generation.

Speaking during Uasin Gishu County Youth Sector Working Group training in Eldoret, a number of speakers including the County Executive for Youth and Sports, Engineer Lucy Ng’endo, acknowledged that the youth are an important component in the society.

Eng. Ng’endo says that the challenges that the society faces directly affect the youthful generation.

The County, through the Department of Youth, is working with government agencies and non-governmental organizations to undertake empowerment programs for the youth.

“The County Government is very keen on training the youth to navigate the challenges that they are facing and to nature them to become good leaders of tomorrow, ” said Eng. Ng’endo.

“The County is rolling out several programs in partnership with stakeholders to keep this energetic generation afloat,” added the Executive.

Deputy County Commissioner, Mohamed Mwabudzo, said that a multi-sectoral approach would work to unlock the potentiality of the generation.

“In the current ara of the internet and expanded tools of ommunication, it is necessary to keep our youth engaged in terms of training and ways of empowerment.”

Mr Mwabudzo also asked the youth to change their attitude and work hard. “If you are a graduate, don’t only focus on being employed to work as a graduate, start from somewhere and keep the attitude to prosper,” he said.

Acting Chief Officer for Youth, Peter Ruto, said, “We believe that youth issues can only be understood by youth themselves. The department is very alive to the fact that the youth are drivers of tomorrow’s society.”

A collated sample of statements also advised the youth to use their phones and the internet as tools to empower themselves.

Director for County Education Revolving Fund, Joel Ruto and his Inua Biashara Fund peer, Joan Mutai, were among top government officials in attendance.

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