The Murang’a Assembly on Tuesday passed a motion compelling the county executive to establish cottage industries aimed at mitigating youth unemployment.
The MCAs unanimously adopted a motion tabled by Kamahuha Ward representative, James Karanja, urging the county executive member in charge of trade and industrialization to formulate a policy on establishment of at least one cottage industry in every ward.
Karanja said the cottage industries will help absorb polytechnic graduates from the county in effort to alleviate unemployment.
According to the County Integrated Development Plan (CIDP) 2018-2022, unemployment rate in Murang’a stands at 17.67 percent.
The MCA observed that there are many natural resources and farm produce which can help in establishment of cottage industries.
Many residents usually buy locally manufactured items like wheelbarrows from Nairobi yet we have youth polytechnics which produce graduates every year and they can assemble such equipment right here in the county as there is ready market of finished products, posed Karanja.
The county government, he added, should allocate funds to qualified polytechnic graduates who want to start cottage industries and help them in marketing of their products.
Seconding the motion, Gaturi MCA, Cyrus Kiiru said in the county there are 65 youth polytechnics which produce graduates on annual basis.
The graduates, Kiiru said, should get assistance from the county government to ensure they establish income generating projects.
This county is rich in agriculture and most farm produce are sold in raw form so there is need to establish cottage industries to do value addition to various farm produce, added Kiiru.
The Kimorori/Wempa MCA, Amos Murigi said enrolment in the youth polytechnics is low as many school leavers avoid joining institutions since the graduates end up doing menial jobs as they are not absorbed in enterprises.
Since establishment of county governments in 2013, Murang’a has not established any policy to address unemployment in the county. With this motion, we want the matter to be dealt with seriousness, added Murigi.
He noted that lack of employment especially among young people leads to increase of crime rate and abuse of drugs saying majority of youth should be engaged in cottage industries.
Policy to address unemployment should be done very soon and the county assembly should follow to ensure the policy is drawn and the same presented in this house for adoption, added the MCA.
Source: Kenya News Agency