The Kwale Governor, Salim Mvurya has ordered county departments to offer opportunities for businesses owned by youths to apply for tenders in all sectors.
Mvurya challenged departmental heads to create an enabling environment for the youth to access business opportunities within the county government to address joblessness.
Let the youth access all tenders in the county government without limiting them so long as they have the capacity to deliver, the Governor said during a graduation ceremony for 100 youth who underwent a five-week training on running road construction enterprises.
The training was funded by the Japanese government and conducted by Community Roads Empowerment (CORE).
The youth, drawn from all the four sub-counties of Matuga, Lunga Lunga, Kinango and Msambweni, now qualify to be awarded road construction and maintenance tenders, according to Mr. Mvurya
He said the initiative was a clear indication of his government’s commitment to youth empowerment programmes and challenged the beneficiaries to work hard for the sustainability of their businesses.
You now have the ability to open up more employment opportunities for your fellow youth because if you succeed as the pioneers, you will inspire others, he told the group.
Two members from each group will further be sponsored for a road construction course at the Kenya Institute of Highways and Building Technology under the initiative through the Kenya Rural Roads Authority (KeRA), he added.
Apart from being equipped with knowledge on performance based on routine maintenance, they would also be registered by the National Construction Authority.
Some of the registered companies set up by local youths so far include Dzoka Company Ltd, Mganyi Company Ltd, Supub Company Ltd, and Dakoms Construction Ltd.
Mvurya urged the roads department to ensure that the trained youths had their eligible companies awarded tenders so as to make their training relevant and to improve their lives.
A new regulation requires the national and county governments and other agencies to reserve 30 per cent of their procurement tenders to the youth and other disadvantaged groups.
Source: Kenya News Agency