The exercise was officially launched on Monday by Governor Kiraitu Murungi and the County Commissioner Mr. Allan Machari at the County Commissioner’s office.
The Governor of Meru County, H.E. Kiraitu Murungi has called on the youth in Meru to support the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) Constitutional (Amendment) Bill, 2020 because it will empower the County Government to address youth challenges more effectively.
Governor Kiraitu noted that with only 15% that is currently devolved from the national revenue to counties, his administration has initiated various fundamental and revolutionary youth empowerment programs such as the MYS, the Youth in Agriculture Program, promotion of artists in the County through the creation of free art studios and creation of low-interest financial products aimed at boosting enterprises by the young people.
“By next year, my government will recruit up to 1000 leading artists among the youth in our County who will be promoted through upcoming talent promotion programs. Having accomplished this much with only 15% of allocated revenue, imagine how much we will be able to do for our youth when this is raised to 35% of the national budget as proposed by BBI,” said the Governor.
He also informed the youth that the BBI Bill proposes the formation of the National Youth Commission which will be tasked to address youth challenges in the country, and also ensure that they are fully involved in the country’s development agenda as key stakeholders by working out and implementing modalities for empowering them in all sectors of the national social-economic progress.
The Deputy Governor Hon. Titus Ntuchiu noted that as the County Minister for Finance, he is well aware that the proposed increased revenue to counties will jumpstart and accelerate the implementation of the many youth empowerment programs that have been developed by the County Government, but which have not been able to reach optimal performance due to financial constraints.
“As our Governor has always said, the key thing we are looking for in BBI is money because with adequate finances our Government will be able to address challenges facing our youth and equip them accordingly, for economic prosperity. There are many programs and plans to empower our youth but they can’t be implemented without money. By increasing sharable revenue to counties, BBI aims to solve this challenge,” said the Deputy Governor.
They spoke today at the County Headquarters when they hosted youth representatives from parts of the County for sensitization on the ongoing signature collection drive for the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) Constitutional (Amendment) Bill, 2020 in Meru County.