Speaking at the graduation of 10,000 youth from the KCB Foundation’s 2jiajiri initiative, the head of state rallied the youth to value hard work and making money genuinely without seeking shortcuts. He cautioned junior citizens against emulating bad examples.
“Don’t emulate people or take shortcuts. Take advantage of the skills you have learnt,” he said.
“We encourage you to make money and employ your colleagues, brothers and sisters across the country, but do it in the right way, through hard work, then you will have something proud to stand up to,” he added.
According to Kenyatta, the government has set aside Sh 30 billion in the next two years to boost vocational training. He said the money would be spread out to technical, vocational education training institutions (TVET) and the National Youth Service (NYS).
The 2jiajiri program was started in 2016 to, not only, focus on growing youth’s micro-businesses in the informal sector, but also empower the youth to a level where they can employ at least five other young people and create 250,000 jobs in five years.