Saturday 14 July, Kitui By Brian Peter
Governor Charity Ngilu Hugs a jovial student when she arrived to flag off 120 students to Trendy Technical and Vocational Training Center Nakuru. Accompanying her is the Kitui Township Ward MCA Hon. Mwanzia Ndoo.
The Kitui County governor H.E.Charity Ngilu has today launched a free technical training Programme for the youth of Kitui.
In a bid to revive the textile industry in the county, governor Ngilu has flagged off 120 youths at the Kitui Bus Park to Trendy Technical and Vocational Training Centre Nakuru for a two months course in clothing and textiles, and entrepreneurial skills.
Speaking at the event, Governor Ngilu has referred to the 120 students, drawn from across all wards in the county, as the ambassadors of development in Kitui.
“In line with my manifesto for youth, women empowerment and skills development, I hereby send you out there to acquire the skills so that you can come back and be the pioneers of change to the face of the youth in this county,” she said. “It is high time for Kitui county to become self-sufficient and stop relying on external producers for her school uniforms.”
The project, which will cost 18 million shillings, is aimed at achieving the governor’s big five agendas; which are: food and water security, universal healthcare, education and youth empowerment, women empowerment, and wealth creation. Kitui county is projected to start producing over 1million school uniforms annually, as the county puts in plans to purchase textile machines towards the course.
Mwingi Central sub-county has forwarded 13 students, Mwingi North 15, Mwingi West 12, Kitui West 15, Kitui East 22, Kitui Rural 11,Kitui South 18, and Kitui Central 11. According to the Youth Affairs Minister Mr Kivoto, the selection criterion was 3 students per ward. Education background was not given priority in the selection, with the students ranging from primary school drop outs to high-school leavers. 80 of the total students are female. More students are expected to follow in the Programme.
Speaking at the event, the Kitui Township Ward Hon. Mwanzia Ndoo called for the youth of Kitui to take advantage of the innumerable opportunities in the county and national levels for the betterment of their futures.
Also present were the deputy Governor Dr. Wathe Nzau, the Minister Trade and Industry Phillip Mumo, the County Chief of Staff Crispus Ileli, and other dignitaries in the Kitui county Government.
From Left: The Kitui County Commissioner Samuel Kimitu, Governor Ngilu, Kitui Township MCA Mwanzia Ndoo and the Deputy Governor Dr. Wathe Nzau pose for a photo with the students shortly before flagging them for the Clothing and Textiles course at the Trendy Technical and Vocational Training Center Nakuru today.
Far Left: The Youth Affairs Minister Mr. Kivoto briefs the governor on the selected students during the launch of Free technical and vocational training program at the Kitui Bus Park today. Looking on is the Trade Minister Phillip Mumo and the Kitui Township MCA Hon. Mwanzia Ndoo