Calls for youth to use social media productively and expend their time and energies to better their lives dominated speeches at the Youth Economic Opportunities Summit held in Uasin Gishu County Assembly on Friday.
The event which gathered Uasin Gishu County leaders and hundreds of youth leaders from across the country was aimed at training the youth on political and economic empowerment, as well as inclusion and participation in governance.
Leaders led by Governor Jackson Mandago, Assembly Speaker David Kiplagat and Women Rep Gladys Shollei encouraged the young to engage in productive work and use social media platforms as tools for research and entrepreneurship.
Speaking as he addressed a packed Assembly chambers, Governor Mandago said that the youth have the most access to social media platforms but this access is often abused.
“You have the advantage to access social media and internet but sadly, you are spending time in these platforms to peddle abuses and accusations; things that do not have any advantage,” said Mandago.
The Governor advised the youth to use their time on social media doing research, searching for jobs, starting up online businesses and other exercises that have positive impacts on their lives.
The County boss also affirmed commitment by his administration to empower the youth through sponsorship to technical institutes, agricultural colleges as well as through internship programs.
The County Government of Uasin Gishu last year piloted an internship program where 700 graduates benefited from a 12 months’ paid exercise that fundamentally seeks to build skill and experience for the youth. Already, the County has advertised 700 internship positions for this year.
“My Government purposed to sponsor youth to undertake technical engineering courses because we want to bring up local engineers who take infrastructure tenders in our country,” said the Governor.
“As a country, we are working towards industrialization. My Government did a survey and established that technical skills will be needed.” he added.
County Women Rep Gladys Shollei said: “It saddens that most [of the youth] spend time on social media atacking leaders, instead of building websites and marketing small businesses.”
National Assembly Nominated MP representing the youth, Gideon Keter asked the youth to seek advise from leaders, saying that his journey to leadership wad largely through heeding advises from Governor Mandago.