Kenyan youth under the auspices of The Youth Congress have unveiled a #NoToUnemployment campaign calling on the government to declare unemployment a national disaster.

This they say will give it the attention and focus that it deserves.

In a statement by the convener Raphael Obonyo, they claim unemployment is a big burden on the lives of many Kenyans especially the youth.

“Currently, over 70 per cent of jobless people are youth. Over 1 million young people join the labour market annually with only a small fraction getting jobs. We have a growing population of educated but jobless youth.” He said

He continued to say that government’s youth empowerment programmes like Youth Enterprise Development Fund (YEDF), UWEZO and 30 per cent quota of public procurement for the youth are not enough compared to population of jobless youth.

” We need massive employment programmes that empower the youth.” He added.

He noted that Kenya is facing one of the greatest national disasters of all time putting the security and future of the country at risk and thus it is imperative for the government to declare unemployment a national disaster to ensure robust and appropriate interventions are put in place.

Source – KBC

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