By Abdi Warsame:
Garissa Governor Nathif Jama has urged youth in the County to seek vocational training and shun negative thinking about blue collar jobs.
Speaking after overseeing graduation of over 20 students and commissioning new classrooms and books at the Garissa Vocational Training Center on Monday, Jama said it was unfortunate that many youth remained unemployed while there were opportunities and avenues they could exploit to create employment opportunities by themselves.
“We have different types of training offered by this institution including carpentry, plumbing, tailoring and mechanics, with all these at our disposal, our youth should not be idle” Jama said.
The governor said most local youth especially boys shunned these courses even after failing to qualify for universities and other tertiary institutions because of a negative perception that they were meant for failures.
Jama called on parents and religious leaders to engage in a campaign that would fight the negative perception of the youth and lure them to join the institution.
He said his administration will support those who graduate from the vocation college and pledged to purchase sewing machines for girls who graduate the tailoring course.
“It’s important our children understand not everybody will qualify to universities and colleges or even manage to go to complete formal school. These facilities are supported to train our youths by equipping them with technical skills. Our youths must wake up and embrace them as there is no shame in a having a blue collar job,” he said.
Up to 20 youth graduated from the institution’s different areas of training.
The school administration decried lack of funding and budgetary allocation from the County administration. Several classrooms were however constructed by the county government.
Governor Jama promised to look into how the institution missed out on budgetary allocation in the past financial year saying no single sector of Government should be without allocation.
Jama was accompanied by the Deputy Governor Abdullahi Hussein, County Secretary Mohamud Mursal and Education CEC Mohamed Noor among other County officials.