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Mandago wants half of national budget set aside for youths

Edward Kosut
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Uasin Gishu governor Jackson Mandago at a past event. [Source/Facebook/Governor Jackson Mandago]

Uasin Gishu governor Jackson Mandago has urged the national government to consider allocating 50 per cent of its budget to youth’s empowerment initiatives and implementation of development agenda to foster the economy of the country.

Speaking at the Eldoret Sports Club during the annual Pamoja Festival Mandago further challenged leaders to shun politics and seek ways to support youths whom he said form the majority of Kenyans who are jobless.

“I'm happy to see such a crowd mainly of young people and that is why we need to set aside 50 per cent of our budget to help them come up with businesses. They are the majority and for a better future, they need to be considered,” said Mandago as quoted by Standard Digital.

The county boss who is serving his second term in office also appealed to government agencies to consider local youth enterprises and companies by awarding them tenders as part of the avenues the government reaches out to the young population.

He said the move will help plays a role in elevating the youth's economic standard as well as monetary retention. 

 “Today is not a political rally and that is why I have asked the leaders to put aside politics and find a way in which our generation can be helped. Let us give our youths tenders so that we can retain money to enable us to run our projects without borrowing loans,” noted Mandago.

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