President Uhuru Kenyatta has Thursday called on the youth to shun get-rich-quick schemes by focussing on hard work and remaining upright.
The youth, the President said should take advantage of several opportunities created by his Administration to do business. President Kenyatta cited the removal of several bottlenecks that were a hinderance to the registration and operation of businesses in the country especially among the youths.
The Head of State spoke when he presided over the official launch of the MasterCard ImFoundation’s Young Africa Works program. The public-private sector partnership seeks to boost job and employment creation efforts by the Government.
President Kenyatta said there is no way success can be realized when the youth who form majority of the population are not engaged.
He added that his Administration has rolled out the Sports Fund, the Women Fund and special allocation of procurement opportunities in the Government to the youth and persons with disability.
President Kenyatta further cited the review of the education curriculum and the establishment of Technical and Vocational and Training Institutions across the country as a strategy to empower the youth with the right skills.
This, The President said will help young people earn a decent living and contribute to national development.
He stated that Africa should become a continent of hope, innovation and not dispair. As a result of an enabling environment, President Kenyatta said many foreign companies are continuing to invest in the country thereby creating jobs and sustaining the national economy.
The Chief Executive Officer of Master Card Reeta Roy said her organization is determined to continue empowering Kenyan youth through skills development and creating access to markets.
The launch of the program was attended by Cabinet Secretaries Prof. Margaret Kobia [Public Service, Youth and Gender Affairs], Joe Mucheru [Information and Communication Technology] and Prof. George Magoha [Education] among other senior Government officials.