Meru County government has urged students in vocational training institutions within the region to maintain high standards of discipline, failure to which they shall face the full force of the law.
Speaking during the closing ceremony of a two-day Meru County inter-vocational training centers ball games competition at Kaaga Primary School playgrounds on Friday, the County Chief of Staff, Gideon Kimathi advised the trainees to maintain discipline, noting that some had failed to attend the sports due to unrests in their institution.
“The current government will deal ruthlessly with anybody who thinks he or she is above the law. As you can see, one of our biggest institution in the county in the name of Kianjai Vocational Training Center is not present because they were exempted from participating since students went on rampage destroying the institution’s property during a strike,” said Kimathi.
He observed that is was unacceptable for such to happen in the centre, adding that measures have been put in place to punish those involved in the unrest.
Meanwhile, County Executive Committee Member for Education, Ms. Lenah Nkirote has pleaded with various public and private sector stakeholders in the region to consider placing graduates from various centres in their institutions once they were released into the job market.
“Instead of importing labour and personnel from other counties, you can hire our students who are well skilled and should receive first priority in order to make Meru great again which is the county government’s vision,” she appealed.
The annual competition attracted participants from various vocational training centers from across the county among them Kanyakine, Nkubu, Muthara, Kithoka, Githongo, Kithima, Thitha and Maua youth polytechnic
By Rocky Muthomi/Richard Muhambe