Governor Jackson Mandago EGH, has urged youths across the county to take advantage of government’s program of strengthening technical education.
While presiding over a graduation ceremony of about 30 students sponsored by the county to pursue fire fighting training skills at Morendat Institute of Oil and Gas, Mandago affirmed county’s support for technical education.
He was categorical that his government has a vision to empower youth through imparting of technical skills, so as to fill the huge gap of skilled labour.
“We as a county identified the huge potential and expertise that exists in kenya pipeline and we decided to collaborate so that we have a city that is prepared. ”
“We are aspiring to be a city and part of the requirement under urban cities Act, is the question of disaster preparedness, we cannot attain that without well trained fire fighting and disaster management experts,” said Mandago.
The County has also identified welding as part of the training area, having identified the skill gap in the county and in the country. “We have offered ourselves to train students in fire fighting and even on welding so that we cannot only serve this county but also our region,” adds the Governor.
Through this initiative, the county has introduced education revolving fund to enable needy students aspiring to join technical institutions to get funding so that they later on come employ themselves and even employ others.
“We must work on a plan to reduce foreign debts by ensuring we have our own skilled labour with capacity to handle major projects so that our economy may be revived since monies paid on these projects will remain in the country as opposed to when foreign companies win tenders,” added Mandago.
Kenya Pipeline Company’s Managing Director Dr. Macharia Irungu, committed his support of continued collaboration between the company and the county in matters fire safety and management training to county sponsored students in years to come.
The graduates were drawn from every ward. They were equipped well to be trainers in fire and safety, as well as checking compliance.
Present were County Executive for Education and Youth Services, Joseph Kurgat, his Roads and Public Works counterpart, Eng. Gideon Birir and Chief Officer for Youth and Social Services Joseph Maritim.