Industrialisation and Trade Chief Adminstrative Secretary(CAS) Machira Karanja has challenged the youth to take advantage of government’s education financial support by enrolling in technical colleges.
Mr Karanja made the remarks in Isiolo County yesterday when he toured Kilimani dam and Irrigation project which is funded by African Development Bank and the national government. The project is at 98 per cent completion.
The CAS said that many youths are set to benefit from different government development projects that are spread across the country but only if they quickly enroll in technical institutions to get required skills in the job market.
Mr Karanja therefore urged youth to enroll for skilled technical courses because they present many job opportunities and income compared to the diminishing white color employment.
On farming, the CAS said Kilimani Irrigation project would benefit over 500 farmers in Burat Ward and consequently help in reducing poverty index for the county.
Mr Karanja, who was accompanied by medium and small enterprise authority (MSEA) Chief Executive Officer Henry Mwenda, said the government would post more technical officers and other staff to assist area people in proposal writing aimed at enhancing trade.
Mr Mwenda said that MSEA would provide modern steel and wood machinery to every Jua kali cluster centre in order to advance businesses initiated by local artisans.
He added that MSEA county Office would support youth and women groups economically to empower them and called on local youth to take advantage of the Kilimani irrigation project by engaging in crops farming.
The CEO said the fast growing Isiolo town would provide a ready market for horticultural farm products.
By Abduba Mamo/David Nduro