President Uhuru Kenyatta has urged the youth to reject the ideology of those who are out to bring division and hatred in the country.
Instead, the President asked young people to take advantage of the opportunities the government has made available to them.
He said the Government has started programmes that will enable youth grow and mature into useful citizens.
The Head of State urged the youth to embrace unity, integrity, patriotism and passion in all their undertakings.
President Kenyatta spoke today during the pass-out parade for 10,736 recruits at the National Youth Service College in Gilgil, Nakuru County.
He also challenged youth, who are growing up in a fast-changing world, to rise and take charge of their destiny and that of the nation.
“Kenya will become truly great when its young people exemplify our best attributes: Perseverance, loyalty, selflessness, unity and solidarity,” the President said.
He called on the younger generation to focus on the opportunities given to them.
“No one should be barred from their chance at progress for any reason. No one is too poor, too disabled, too young or too marginalized to be a Kenyan,” he said.
The President told youth to reach out to their MCAs, MPs, Governors and every relevant department in government to ensure that they get all the help they needed.
President Kenyatta affirmed Government’s commitment to empowering the youth with skills and knowledge that enable them participate in transformative economic activities.
“We want to change our challenge from looking for applicants into catering for all the applicants. This is your country and these are your opportunities. Use them wisely and make your mark,” he added.
Describing youth as a major pillar of national transformation, President Kenyatta said his Government facilitates the potential in young people to change the country.
Devolution CS Anne Waiguru told youth to be the change agents in the younger generation. In attendance was China’s Ambassador to Kenya Liu Zianfa.