George Kebaso @Morarak
Thousands of youths in Meru are excited with a new initiative by Governor Kiraitu Murungi to offer them jobs through the Meru Youth Service (MYS), a replica of the National Youth Service (NYS).
The County government is now overwhelmed by the number of youth applying for jobs under MYS, a few weeks after an advert calling for applications was published.
More than 6,000 youths tendered their applications for the skills development jobs. Kiraitu is himself excited with the initiative, which he has shared with the other governors attending the fifth Annual Devolution Conference.
He challenged them to emulate Meru to address the challenge of youth unemployment. “We have 1,000 youth in a training camp at a Meru school.
We want to involve them in the county development as we simultaneously address the challenge of poverty,” he said. The youth are being trained by distinguished retired police and army officers for attitude transformation and behavioural change, he said. “We have decided, no youth will go back home.
We are accommodating all who completed their ‘O’ and ‘A’ levels and have never progressed anywhere,” he added. He said after the training, his government intends to put them to further training on careers of their choice.
The governor said some of the trainees on road construction have been deployed to lay a cobblestone road in Makutano town.
He said this group has been trained by the Kenya Institute of Highways and Building Technology (KIHBT). “After we are done, we want to have dust-free roads in Meru.
We are all excited about the project. It is elaborate and accommodative. Those who are not able to be involved in tedious undertakings like carrying stones, will be trained in artistry and music,” he said.