Campaign trails of President Willam Ruto and his Deputy Rigathi Gachagua were flooded with promises, curbing unemployment being among the top, the Dp has made the first step towards this by partnering with the private sector to roll out an entrepreneurship program that aims to create at least one million jobs in the next year.
Youth unemployment in Kenya is currently estimated at 38.9% with about 800,000 young people getting into the labor market every year from institutions of higher learning, this however according to Gachagua is Kenya Kwanza’s responsibility to ensure every youth is absorbed in the system.
Speaking during the unveiling of the Kenya Youth Employment and Entrepreneurship Accelerator Program (K-YEEP)on Monday, DP Gachagua lauded the private sector for its partnership with the government in the quest to empower the youth through employment.
“I am honored to preside over the Kenya Youth Employment and Entrepreneurship Accelerator Program launch. The youth remain central to our government’s agenda to improve the lives of the millions of youth around the country, This fund and the partnership with the Kenya Private Sector Alliance will go a long way towards giving the youth an equal chance at life,” he noted.
KEPSA, who are handy in the journey of finding a long-term solution to unemployment revealed that the accelerator program will leverage technology and digital transformation.
The Deputy President, however, challenged the youth to invest as they are the majority in the country’s population and their investment will be a positive impact on the country.