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Official records on unemployed youth needed, Sakaja

17 October 2014, 20:58

Nairobi - Nominated MP and Kenya Young Parliamentarians Association Chairman, Johnson Sakaja has said there is need for the government to create data base to ascertain how many youths are un-employed in the country.

Speaking during the Kenya student leader’s consultative forum in a Nairobi hotel Friday, he said that by putting up the data base, it will be easier for the government to solve the issue of un-employment in the country.

"How can the government solve issues of un-employment if they are not aware of how many people are un-employed?" he said

Sakaja also said that amendments should be done so that students can sit on the HELB board to raise their concerns.

The nominated Mp also pointed that communication channels should be implemented so that students can raise issues through them.

He, however, cautioned the student leaders to agitate for serious issues and ignore petty things such as power shortages.

"Parliament and Senate have passed a bill requiring 30 percent of all government tenders to go to the youths. I will be happy to hear you have done a demonstration because the rule has not been adhered to," he said.

He urged the student leaders not to play tribal politics in universities.

"There is no need for you to come to me and say you are student leaders from a public university but when I check the list, it comprises of a group of one tribe," he said.

Ugenya MP and KYPA Secretary General, David Ochieng urged the government to accommodate more youths into government posts in future.

"Slots of Cabinet Secretaries and Principal Secretaries were filled but there was nobody below the 35 age bracket our constitution classifies as youths," he said adding that youths should work hard academically so that the country can move to higher levels.

Kenyatta University student leader,Lone Felix said CS Education, Peter Kaimenyi should accommodate a student leader in education fund so that they can air the students’ grievances.

He urged the government to review HELB loans upwards as the standards of living is increasing.

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"Many of the JAB students come from humble backgrounds and any coin increased will eat into their parents’ pockets," he said.

Lone said the government must look for priorities first.

"The government is supporting free primary education, subsidized secondary education and when they reach college levels where one is supposed to hone their skills, they are told there are no funds. Where is the priority?" He asked.

SONU Vice chairman, Irene Wanjiku said CDF bursary funds should be brought to HELB headquarters since they are marred with corruption in the Constituency levels.

She also urged the government to put up more school girls in marginalized areas.

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