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Low uptake of youth funds riles Ojaamong

The low uptake of youth funds provided by the national government  in
Busia County has riled Governor Sospeter Ojaamong.
The Governor said out of Sh500million that  had been allocated to the
youth to empower them economically, only Sh90m had been absorbed which
is 18 per cent of the total.
Speaking  during the inaugural  Busia County Expo 2015 at Youth
Polytechnic Grounds today,  Ojaamong  urged the youth  to set up
companies to benefit from  30 per cent  of procurement  reserved for
the youth, women and disabled.
The Governor said he might be forced to lower license fees for the
youth to enable them generate more income.
The Governor railed at a few individuals who have moved to court  to
block the construction of Busia Sugar Industry  at Busibawabo, terming
them the enemies of the youth.
” We  shall fight tooth and nail to ensure that the project which  was
almost going to completion becomes a reality,” he said.
Ojaamong decried  drug abuse, alcoholism  and early marriages among
the youth  saying the vices were top problem confronting the nation
today especially among the youth.
” There is need  for the youth  to change  their attitude  from
negative mindset. This will help them  become responsible citizens and
opinion shapers,” he said
Ojaamong  added that the county government was in the process of
making youths self-reliant by making them self-employed to curb high
rate of unemployment due to scarcity in white collar jobs.
He said there was need to provide youth lessons in human values  and
helping them  find the right path  for their own  socio-economic
development.
The one day exhibition with the theme “Enhancing Capacity Building
Training in Life Skills, citizenship and peer education towards
igniting the minds and spirit of youth participation, was  aimed at
bringing youths together to common platform to show case their
products and services.
J Art  ATC Centre from Matayos  emerged the best in their exhibition.
Spider Scouts  youth group  took first runners up position  while
shoemaker  Florencio  Ojiambo from Funyula  was second runners up  .
She presented the Governor with a pair of  shoes.
Ferdinand  Bwire  who also  starred at the Expo presented the Governor
with his portrait.

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