Kenya: Youths Accessing Online Jobs Through Ajira Digital Program

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By Kenyanews.go.ke (Kimani Tirus)

630, 000 youths have accessed online jobs through Ajira Digital Program (ADP) courtesy of Ministry of Information, Communication and Technology.

According to Government Spokesperson (GS), Col. (Rtd) Cyrus Oguna, over 22, 000 youths have also been trained on how to secure online jobs.

“Ajira Digital platform provides opportunities for the youths to access online jobs from where they can earn a living beyond the Kenyan job market,” Col. (Rtd) Oguna observed.

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He said in order to facilitate ADP the government has been rolling out the National Optic Fibre Backbone (NOFBI) as well as establishing Constituency Innovation Hubs (CIHs) in constituencies countrywide in collaboration with local leadership.

“Already 146 CIHs have been established and a lot more are expected to come up which will provide Ajira program working space and training venues,” he said adding that 140 ICT officers deployed in all 47 counties have been trained to support the program.

To reach youth in institutions of higher learning with Ajira program, Col.(Rtd) Oguna noted, 23 Ajira Clubs have been launched in various institutions such University of Nairobi, Kenyatta University and Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology.

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Meanwhile, the Government Spokesperson said the government will soon revive Kenya National Shipping Line (KNSL) which went under in 1987 due to global economic dynamics.

He allayed perceptions from some quarters that KNSL is being given preferential treatment ahead of its revival at the expense of other shipping lines in Mombasa.

“As Government, we wish to state that KNSL will only operate two berths from a total of 21. This leaves 19 other berths to be used by other shipping lines,” the GS noted.

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Concerning the relationship of KHSL and Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC), The GS told the press on Thursday at Kiritiri in Mbeere South that the relationship is purely commercial and in the best interest of the country.

“MSC is willing to offer Kenyans employment opportunities unlike any other shipping lines and has already offered opportunities to 125 Kenyans and another 100 Kenyans seafarers will be offered jobs by MSC by Monday next week. In total MSC projects to create 1000 jobs for Kenyans annually,” he observed.

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On Huduma Namba, Col.(Rtd) Oguna said over 37.7 Million Kenyans were registered adding that soon the government will be opening a two week window for the 11 Million Kenyans who did not register to do so through their local assistant chiefs.

He noted payment of those who participated in the exercise of registering the Huduma Namba is ongoing urging them to be patient.

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Nigeria: Bisi Fayemi advises Ekiti youths to embrace technical education

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By Today.ng (Agencies)

Bisi Fayemi, the wife of Ekiti State Governor Kayode Fayemi, has advised youths to embrace technical education in order to decongest the labour market.

The governor’s wife gave the advice in Ado-Ekiti on Wednesday when the Chairman of the State Board for Technical and Vocational Education, Kayode Babade, paid her a visit.

She reiterated the governor’s promise to resuscitate all the technical colleges across the state.

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“With what I (have) heard, read and watched, the one in Ado-Ekiti is now a model.

“The governor has therefore assured that policies in the education sector would be geared toward improving technical and vocational education in the state.

“There is a need for parents to enrol their children in any of the technical colleges across the state.

“I want to appreciate what the present government is doing in reducing the rate of unemployment in the state.

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“I watched the news during the last lecture you organised for the students and could see that government had equipped the college in Ado-Ekiti to function effectively.

“I will like to appeal to our youths to take advantage of this to become experts in any vocation of their choice which is crucial to saving the nation from economic crisis and youth unemployment,” she said.

She stressed the need for a paradigm shift from the erroneous perception that skills acquisition was meant for the academically weak, noting that technical education remained a potent weapon for socio-economic development.

The governor’s wife promised to embark on a facility tour of the technical college in Ado-Ekiti to ascertain areas of partnership.

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Nigerian youths are key to securing the country, says Sanwo-Olu

By T.guardian.ng (By Gbenga Salau)

Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu has said Nigeria will be highly insecure if she fails to secure the today and tomorrow of its youth.

Speaking yesterday at the third BRF-Gabest programme, with the theme, Generational gap: Youth inclusion and the leadership question in Nigeria, meant to celebrate the birthday of Babatunde Raji Fashola, Sanwo-Olu said it is why Nigeria needs to invest in education and create an enabling environment for the youth to thrive and advised the youth to fight for what they believe in. He noted that leadership is not by age but by knowledge, insight and responsibility. He added that with the election of youths as speakers in some states, though progress is being made, there is still a lot more to be done.

Sanwo-Olu, represented by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Youth and Social Development, Dr Balogun, praised Fashola for being a visionary and versatile leader.

On his part, Fashola said young Nigerians must continue to have a positive mindset about the country. He also said there is a need to pay attention to organised crime as a critical element of insecurity the country is facing.

During one of the panel discussions, Banky W, who contested during the last general election, said young people need to loose the sense of entitlement they own, as no one owes them anything.

Ethiopia looks to young technocrats to lead ambitious reform drive

By ft.com (Tom Wilson)

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has broken with tradition in Ethiopia by appointing young technocrats with international experience to important economic jobs as he seeks to turn the country’s tightly controlled, state-led economy into a competitive free market powered by private capital.

The officials, including Eyob Tolina at the finance ministry, Abebe Abebayehu at the investment commission and Mamo Mihretu in the prime minister’s office, are leading the most ambitious aspects of Mr Abiy’s promised reforms, investors said.

Since taking office a year ago, the reformist leader has promised to overhaul the Ethiopian economy and open previously blocked sectors, such as telecoms and energy, to foreign investment.

To succeed, his youthful appointees must push through reforms to Ethiopia’s sprawling bureaucracy and navigate conservative political officials in the ruling coalition, many of whom remain suspicious of relinquishing too much control of the economy after 28 years of state-led growth.

For Mr Eyob, a former private equity executive and now state minister at the ministry of finance, the ruling party has no choice but to evolve. “We had public-led economic growth and it did run its course, it was obvious,” Mr Eyob told the Financial Times in an interview in Addis Ababa.

“If you didn’t make some pragmatic decisions and shift the course, it would have been a full-blown crisis so you needed to avert that.” In 2016 and 2017, thousands of Ethiopians poured on to the streets, many of them frustrated by the lack of employment generated by an economic policy that had favoured infrastructure over job creation.

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At the same time, Ethiopia was facing a fast-approaching debt crunch. Much of the economy’s double-digit growth in the past decade was driven by borrowing — largely from China. Although Ethiopia’s debt was low as a percentage of gross domestic product, compared with regional averages, its ability to service that debt with export revenue had become precarious, the IMF said in December.

In response Mr Abiy halted all non-concessional borrowing. “There was a need to pause, to finish what we already had, not to jump into new projects,” Mr Eyob explained. Having stemmed the bleeding, the focus in the next fiscal year would shift to attracting investment and boosting revenues, he said.

The first step is a privatisation programme, headed by Mr Eyob, which will include the sale of what is likely to be a large minority stake in Ethio Telecom, the state-owned mobile operator. Mooted ever since Mr Abiy took office, Mr Eyob rejected suggestions the telecoms sale was already behind schedule.

The government had undertaken a detailed market study, including researching regulators in 25 countries to understand the best model for Ethiopia, he said. The “fully-fledged process” would start in no more than a month, he said.

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Mr Abebe, commissioner at the Ethiopian investment agency, said the prime minister had commissioned similar studies for the energy, rail, industrial parks and logistics sectors to identify how best to sustain growth, boost export revenues and create jobs.

“[Mr Abiy] is extremely interested to see a strong private sector that can generate jobs for the millions of youths that are currently unemployed,” said Mr Abebe, 38, who worked at the World Bank before Mr Abiy asked him to join the commission. “And I think that is consistent with the whole economic reform agenda.

For so long economic growth has been fuelled by state investment and now the state should cede space to the private sector and play its natural arbiter role as a regulator,” he said. “In a country where almost 70 per cent of the population is youth, it is only fitting that the administration reflects that age group,” he added.

For some Ethiopians, the talk of private enterprise is an abrupt departure from the developmental state envisioned by its architect, former prime minister Meles Zenawi, where the government controlled the economy’s commanding heights.

But other observers say the shift is subtler. Cepheus Capital, an Addis-Ababa based private equity firm, argued that, as it was under Meles, the government would still prioritise growth and was likely to continue to take an interventionist approach on issues related to land, industry and finance.

The objectives for policymakers were expected to remain the same and it was the “tools” and timeframes that were being modified, Cepheus said in a recent report. “We see economic policy shifting its attention in three areas — from public to private activities, from capital to current spending, and from debt to equity,” the report said.

Mr Eyob said those changes were imperative to creating the jobs the Ethiopia population craved. Ethiopia’s population has doubled since 1992 to at least 105m, according to the World Bank, and is expected to reach 190m in 2050, by some estimates.

About 25 per cent of those aged 15 to 29 are already underemployed “I am not worried at all, especially with this reform and the right thinking,” said Mr Eyob. “We have significant assets, and as we open up, and as more private sector investment comes, this country can achieve a major breakthrough.”

Kenyan Youths See Green Future in Collecting Garbage

By Voanews.com (Ruud Elmendorp)

According to the United Nations, uncollected garbage is a growing problem in cities around the globe, especially in areas with fast-rising populations. But there are solutions, as a youth group in Kenya’s capital is demonstrating.

“My name is Isaac Mutisia. I am 35 years old, and I am the co-founder of the Mathare Environmental Conservation Youth Group.”

We’re in the Mathare slum of Nairobi. Six-story high brick apartment buildings are around us. Ladies are selling groceries, and men are selling plastics.

Isaac Mutisia and his colleagues enter a building and climb the narrow stairs. They come out with a big dustbin full of garbage emitting an obnoxious stench.

FILE – Children stand amid trash in a building earmarked for demolition in the Mathare neighborhood of Nairobi, Kenya, May 17, 2016.

Some 200,000 people are believed to live in Mathare, in an area of just 2 square kilometers. The slum is not only congested with people, but also with their garbage.

According to the United Nations, one city dweller produces 1 kilogram of garbage per day. For Mathare, it means that every day 200,000 kilograms of trash finds its way into a public space.

While taking a break from carrying garbage cans, Mutisia says that collecting waste is a dire necessity.

“When you have a lot of people in one area and there is no proper way of handling waste, you find that everyone dumps waste everywhere,” he said.

Mutisia says the waste was piling up on street corners and illegal dumping sites. Doctors warn about the health effects of garbage, especially for children.

Doris Shiundi is a physician in a local clinic. In the next room a nurse is giving a sick baby a checkup.

“When you have a lot of garbage on the street like here in Mathare, most of the times we see patients who come here with diarrhea, sometimes cholera. Others come in with food poisoning because they eat on the street,” she said.

FILE – A student empties a dustbin next to a murky stream near a school in Kenya’s Kibera slums in capital Nairobi, Sept. 21, 2015.

This situation led Mutisia to do something to clean up the garbage, and at the same time meet another challenge.

“We saw the importance of making our community clean and also creating employment among ourselves because there was a challenge of unemployment,” he said.

Mutisia now has 100 youths collecting waste in the area, making money from households that pay to have their trash hauled away.

Once collected, the waste is brought to a legal dumping site.

The youths’ effort has caught the attention of local government officials, like Thomas Arimu

“We encourage the youths to copy what Kaka is doing to the neighboring community so that it becomes healthy,” he said.

Mutisia, meanwhile, is on the way to his next mission, visiting the U.N.-Habitat Assembly in Nairobi to talk about Mathare’s public spaces. His dream is to make the area as clean and green as the United Nations compound in Nairobi.

Kenya: Youth to form groups to benefit from Govt funds and programs

By Capitalfm.co.ke (NJOKI KIHIU)

The government is now calling on youths to form groups and seek government programs and funds saying it is easier because the group acts as security.

Speaking during a press conference on Thursday, the Government Spokesman Col. Rtd. Cyrus Oguna said the government is determined to empower the youth and reduce the rate of unemployment.

“As we continue to develop, we must appreciate that development of any kind does not just happen, it is made to happen. For our development to be sustainable, we must invest in the youth; the greatest national resource,” he said.

“As the country embarks on the path of 56thyear of self-rule, the government wishes to recommit itself to its goal of empowering the youth. Youth empowerment has remained a priority area for the government with the understanding that a country that does not empower its youth has no future.”

Oguna added that the government has consistently rolled out various programs and initiatives to achieve its goal.

He outlined nine programs which he wants the youth to take advantage of including the National Youth Service, Uwezo Fund, Constituency Empowerment Scheme among others.

For the Uwezo Fund which targets to assist the youth on entrepreneurship, Ksh. 5.97b Oguna said has been approved and 65,350 groups have already benefited, out of this, 22,000 are youth groups.

He further urged the young people to stop being selective with jobs adding that the government has already disbursed 5 billion loans to youth groups to invest in agri-business among other projects.

“As a government we acknowledge that challenges in job creation exist. However, our economy has continued to grow both in informal and formal sectors. We therefore urge Kenyans and especially the youth to embrace the culture of hard work and not be selective about jobs. Let this be a new dawn during which we are not only renewing our patriotism to motherland but one which we want to relive the clarion call of ‘Uhuru na Kazi’,” Oguna said.

According to survey by the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics in 2018, 7 million Kenyans were unemployed with 1.4 million out of this figure desperately looking for jobs and 70 percent were youths below 35 years of age.