Leaders in West Pokot County have urged the Count government nongovernmental organizations and other donor agencies to empower and nurture youths local talents to create employment and help them shun retrogressive practices.
West Pokot County M.P Mrs .Lillian Tomitom said she will allocate funds to help nurture talents of youths in the County.
“We want youths to use their talents to bring change in the community,” said Ms Tomi Tom.
Speaking during the official opening of Youths Talent promotion Festival at Kisii University in Kapenguria,Ms Tomitom said that tapping youth talents will help reduce incidents of cattle rustling, banditry, female genital mutilation and other repugnant practices that has led to lack of development in the region .
She said she will work closely with youths in the area and promote their talents hence urged them to utilize well their amplitude .
Tomi Tom urged the County government and nongovernmental organizations to engage youths in productive activities and help uplift talents of young people in the region.
“Youths in Music and dance should be used in peace building programmes ”he said.
The talent show which was organized by the Declares Inspiration Group in collaboration with DWS Kenya organization, brought together youths from West Pokot ,Turkana and Karamojong regions .
Ms Tomitom said that talented youths should be identified and used to teach communities and promote peace .
“They should support government efforts to engage youths prosper. An idle mind is the workshop of the devil,”she said.
She said the government will give priority to youth talents to organize youth talents an .
She cited that talent promotion and investment will improve economy in the regions.
Locals artists who participated in the talent show cited that they are faced with many challenges . They said that they are engrossed in music to promote peace in the region .
“I want to teach the community about the dangers of FGM ,”said Pamela Cheruto.
Declares Inspiration Group Executive Director Mr. Jefferson Mudaki said that talented youths needs help for them to uplift their talents .
“Being physically challenged and disability is not inability,” he said.
Mudaki cited that youths talents in the region have been wasted making many local artists to lose morale .