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You Need No Appointment To See Me, Waikenda Tell Kiambu Youth.

"Life is 10% what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it. The remarkable thing is I have a choice every day regarding the attitude I will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past... We cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude..." 

That was the keynote message by Kiambu County Youth & Sports Chief Executive Mr. Michel Waikenda to Kiambu youth as he addressed the Thika Institute of Business Studies (TIBS) students on Friday during their 2016 Beauty Pageant. 

He told them that it was the high time that they started taking positive risks in life otherwise they risked to fail miserably. He further asked the youth to become the masters of their fate by daring where others felt that they could not make it.

He informed them that Kiambu County Government had set aside Sh. 300million for Biashara Fund, a perfect opportunity to empower the youth, women and Persons Living With Disabilities.

According to him, Sh. 120m had already been disbursed to qualified youth groups in the county who were at present venturing into various entrepreneurship projects. The county, he said, planned to increase this kitty to Sh. 1 Billion so as to benefit as many people as possible.

"Not every youth who enters the job market will be lucky. Unemployment is a major problem everywhere. It is for that reason the Kiambu Government has created an enabling environment to for its people to create jobs, and the right environment to ignite growth," he said.

It was this reason that the Kiambu Administration set aside money to identify and nurture talent among the youth.

The 'Kiambu Iko Talent' Campaign is directed to that course where the talents derived from this exercise will be assisted to start earning a living through their talents.

The Thika fete will be held in April this year. The top three winners in these talents search competitions will each go home with a Ksh. 12,000 prize money and a guarantee of the county government's assistance to establish themselves in the entertainment industry.

Kiambu Government is also encouraging the youth to take advantage of the 30% youth/women procurement programme to apply for tenders. Waikenda said that with the county's annual budget of Ksh. 11billion, the youth were guaranteed of at least Sh. 3billion in tenders.

They were also offering the youth with internship programmes and jobs. He encouraged them to keep checking the county government's website for the available opportunities.

Waikenda advised them not to expect an easy ride to success. Narrating his own journey to the top, he stressed the need 'hustle', seek for a success pattern and people who would help them achieve their dreams.

"You are the leaders of today and you should not let anyone make you believe otherwise. Go for leadership positions, venture into employment creation even at this time while in college by using your talents to breakthrough," he advised TIBS students.

"Take maximum advantage of my position to access youth empowerment programmes. The door to my office is always open and it is never a condition to first seek an an appointment before you see me."

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