The Kanyagwal/Kobonyo ward MCA, Pete Oiko has challenged youth to engage in meaningful work instead of following politicians for handouts.
Speaking on Monday in Rabuor, Nyando Sub County during public participation forum, he cautioned that gifts from politicians will not improve the youth’s lives.
“Let the youth occupy themselves in significant work that will improve their lives. Following politicians will never put food on the table,” he said.
He said Kisumu County government will this financial year improve farming in the area in an effort aimed at empowering the youth economically. “We will introduce BT cotton and horticulture farming and put up fish ponds for various youth groups to cushion them from unemployment and also improve their income,” he said.
He said the initiative will benefit over 500 youth in the ward thus improving their livelihoods. He said as leaders, they will endeavor to bring and initiate projects that will be of immediate help to the residents based on their intended needs.
“We want residents to have a voice in choosing these projects by actively participating in this stage of budget cycle. This will secure their interests in the targeted projects,” he said.
Oiko said public participation is key in promoting accountability and enhancing effective service delivery to the populace. “We want you to be part of the decision making. That is why we are holding these fora as part of good governance,” he added.
The public participation for the preparation of county annual plan, Financial Year 2019/20 will be conducted in all 35 wards in the county and is set to be finalized on 18th October 2019.
By John Ochanda