Over 700 youths have graduated from a Kericho youth empowerment training program, an initiative of the Kericho County government.
The youths drawn from 30 wards from each of the six sub-counties underwent a rigorous three-month training programme at Chebwagan Empowerment centre where they were equipped with enterpreneurship skills, First Aid, disaster management, life and enforcement skills.
Kericho governor Prof. Paul Chepwkony who officiated the graduation ceremony on Friday at Kericho Green Stadium in Kericho town said the programme was created out of the need to empower the Kericho youths with employment adding that it had the backing of the county executive and county assembly members.
“This is a program which we was created by the county executive policy side and the county assembly members who made sure that the program is legislated and is implemented. The program was generated out of the need to empower the youth of Kericho County, never again should our youth be idle, jobless and engage in unproductive activities which include drug abuse, alcohol abuse or any other vice.” he said.
He said the youths will be deployed to different county government departments while working on permanent and pensionable terms adding that next year more youths will be enrolled in the program.
“We want to run this program in Kericho County so that no youth is left jobless. We shall strengthen revenue collection and the excess money which we are collecting will go to youth empowerment. “ said Prof. Chepkwony.
Present at the event was Bomet Governor Dr. Joyce Laboso who lauded governor Chepkwony for rolling out such a program.
“I would like to appreciate the Kericho Governor for rolling out this program and also thank the governor for the passion that the has for the young people of this county.” said Bomet governor.
Other guests who graced the ceremony included Kericho Senator Aaron Cheruiyot , Bomet Senator Dr. Christopher Andrew Langat, Kericho county executive committee members and county assembly members.