Youths have been advised to use existing administrative structures to get information from government and provide feedback on initiatives designed to empower them.
David Gitonga, Personal Assistant to the Nairobi Regional Commissioner, Mr. Kang’ethe Thuku said the Ministry of Public Service, Youth and Gender Affairs has put in place many programs that are intended to involve the youth in national building.
Speaking in Nairobi Thursday at a debriefing session on the recently concluded National Youth Week and International Youth Day celebrations in Nairobi, Gitonga said there were opportunities that never existed previously for the youths but unfortunately, the youths have not fully exploited them.
He said the youths have pointed out challenges, such as the requirement that they provide a bank statement for six months before being awarded government tenders or experiencing delays in payment after they supply goods or services.
Gitonga noted that there have been observations that the more the government creates opportunities for youths, the more the youths are sidelined, a situation he said can be easily corrected if the government gets feedback from youths through laid down structures.
He advised the youths to interact more with the government through its agents from the grassroots levels, including the ‘Nyumba Kumi’, Village elders, Assistant Chiefs and Chiefs, and suggest solutions that can inform the making of policy that is youth-friendly.
The meeting, which was hosted by the Nairobi Regional Coordinator for Youth Affairs, Ms. Emily Maina observed that the week-long national youth celebration was a success in Nairobi and caused greater interaction between government officials and the youths.
Participants, who included government youths officials and youths representatives noted that there existed a big information gap between National Government activities and youths expectations, leading to disillusionment among the youths.
They however agreed that the youths’ week exposed a lot of youths’ talents that need to be tapped to assist them earn a living.
The participants also identified the need to reach the youths in informal sector and informal settlements, and carry out more sensitization on health issues, especially lifestyles.
The national youth week that began on 6th ended on 12th August, coinciding with the International Youth Day that was graced by President Uhuru Kenyatta in Kisii County.
Source: Kenya News Agency