Uhuru Kenyatta set to meet governors over tenders for youth

Friday January 22 2016

Youth, Public Service and Gender Affairs

Youth, Public Service and Gender Affairs Cabinet Secretary Sicily Kariuki at a past event. FILE PHOTO | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

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President Uhuru Kenyatta is set to meet governors to push them to award 30 per cent of business opportunities in counties to vulnerable groups.

Public Service, Youth and Gender Affairs Cabinet Secretary Sicily Kariuki said the government is committed to ensuring that women, youth and people with disabilities benefit from procurement opportunities at the national and county level.

She, however, did not say the date the President will meet the governors.

She made the announcement when she met women and youth from Mombasa County at a meeting attended by National Assembly Deputy Majority Leader Naomi Shaban.

Mrs Kariuki said procurement officers at government institutions will be trained on how to allocate the 30 per cent to the vulnerable groups.

She urged private companies to create opportunities for youth and women.

The CS said entrepreneurship would be incorporated into the National Youth Service curriculum to create a culture of saving, borrowing and investing among the youth.

She said staff in her ministry have been instructed to sensitise youth, women and people with disabilities on how they can access the Uwezo Fudn and the Youth Enterprise Fund.

The CS said tenders are now printed and displayed in Huduma Centres countrywide to help those without access to Internet.