Uasin Gishu County Deputy Governor H.E Hon Daniel Chemno has challenged the youth to join the cooperative movement as this is one of the easiest ways of getting government support through various programs to be channeled to the sector.
He added that by coming together, cooperatives pull resources together hence increasing the working capital of the societies.
Speaking while leading the County in making The 97th International Cooperatives Day held at Bishop Delany High school, Chemno challenged cooperative societies to embrace ICT mobile platforms as a way to woo the youths into joining them.
The Deputy County boss further noted that the cooperative movement reduces inequality by empowering people economically and providing a chance to the less endowed to participate in business and gain access to services that would otherwise be beyond their reach.
He said that the administration would continue to support the department in their quest to empower the residents citing the recent addition of staff to the stand-alone department.
“We recently employed over 50 new staff, provided office spaces located at Kapsoya DCC’s ground to deal with the challenges earlier witnessed in the department of cooperatives,” Said Chemno who is a member of Ainabkoi Farmers’ Cooperative Society.
On her part, County Executive Committee Member Ms. Esther Mutai thanked the County leadership for the support offered to her department.
Ms. Mutai noted that the cooperative movement was ones of the sectors that has provided a solution to a number of challenges faced in the Country
“Your Excellency, we as the cooperative movement in the Country has mobilized a total of 800 billion Ksh in savings and employed over 1 million both directly and indirectly,” Said the departmental head.
She further added that going forward all the laid down rules and requirements shall be enforced to the letter noting that no cooperative shall be left behind.
“All books of accounts must be audited, proper bookkeeping must be cultivated and good governance must adhere,” Ms Mutai added.
Cooperatives Chief Officer Mr. Pius Kigen challenged the cooperatives societies to take advantage of the existing loans given to them through the County Enterprise Development Fund.
Education CECM Mr. Joseph Kurgat, a host of Chief Officers and several members of County Assembly attended the event that was themed “Co-operatives for decent work”