Kitui Governor Charity Ngilu has restated the need to have both national and county governments focus more on value addition and step up local manufacturing to create jobs and boost the local economy.
Speaking during the Federation of Kenya Employer of the year Gala awards this evening where She is the Chief Guest , Governor Ngilu decried the huge amounts of money spent on importation of goods, noting that the practise was threatening growth of the economy as a whole.
“This is a challenge that our President has placed on us leaders, and I would like to note that we can create the most conducive environment for the employers”
. She said.She said there was need to increase skills and jobs for the high percentage of young women and men to improve their livelihoods.
Further, she recommended the need to protect and improve conditions for those working in the informal sector, specially juakali, street vendors, barbers and butchers among others to enhance their output capacity.
The event was graced by among others CEO FKE Jacqueline Mugo, the Chairman NSSF Gen (Rtd) Julius Karangi and Ms Brenda Mbathi – CEO General Electric East Africa.