By TIMOTHY MBAYA
Youth in Migori have been urged to fight for their space in different sectors for their development.
Migori County president Joseph Nyapete said youth development was slow due to over dependence on others to fight for their space.
Speaking at Kegonga Primary School in Kuria East during the marking of the International Youth Day Nyapete urged the youth to stand on their own as they understood their problems better.
“Nothing for us without us as young people and we must fight for our space by whatever means for our own good,” said Nyapete.
Nyapete also urged youth leaders and champions to help sensitize their fellow youth on different opportunities in various sectors.
The youth president also urged the leaders to arm themselves with information and avoid rumours and hearsay.
“I want to challenge youth leaders to be relevant and be available for fellow youth. Make sure as a youth leader you have the information because I have realized that most youth, especially from this region depend on hearsay,” said Nyapete.
Marriam Abdala from Udungu Society reiterated that it was upon the youth to involve themselves in different activities to be recognized.
Abdala also urged the youth to fight for their agenda on a united front adding that their fate was in their hands.
“Honestly whom do you want to tell you about these things if you don’t engage yourself? Involve yourselves in everything that is happening,” said Abdala.
She added, “As young people let us take the lead role in ensuring that our community is a place we can all live.”
Kuria East Youth officer Nelson Siele urged youths to avoid online app loans that have high interests and instead take advantage of various funds by the government to uplift their livelihoods.
The youth drawn from across the county took part in a cleaning exercise in Kegonga town in the morning, an act that locals applauded.
“Youths should be volunteering in more of such exercises for the development of our region and the county,” said Pius Mwita.
Locals were also treated to various talent exhibitions from talents including dancing, emceeing, eating competition and later on a football match with all the participants being awarded certificates and winners prized.
The event brought together different stakeholders including Udungu Soceity, World Vision, Youth Against Drugs, Substance Abuse & HIV (YADASAH), Msichana Empowerment, Emerging Leaders, Migori County Youth Forum and Activista among others.