Vihiga governor Wilberforce Otichilo has sounded a warning to the Kenyan youths stating that getting jobs will be difficult.

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Speaking during the Vihiga Youth in Business forum over the weekend held at Kaimosi University, the county boss called on the young people to brace themselves for the grim reality that awaits them.

"Meaning that jobs are becoming scarce every day. And as time goes on, it will become exceedingly very difficult to get jobs, " the Vihiga County boss warned. (0:31-0:48)

Dr Otichilo rattled off a list of companies that had laid off their staff, saying that the signs of difficulties in getting jobs were everywhere to be seen.

He revealed that governors had been directed not to hire people on a permanent basis but on a contractual basis.

His sobering words were in the wake of a number of companies doing away with part of their staff in a bid to cushion themselves from the soaring cost of doing business.

Among companies that fired their staff are Stanbic Bank and East African Portland Cement.

The companies cited incurring losses and the reduction in their market share as the basis of their retrenchment decisions.

Given this reality, the Vihiga county boss advised youths in the country to establish their own businesses instead of relying on employment.