GOVERNOR Wycliffe Ambetsa Oparanya has welcomed involvement of the National Industrial Training Authority (NITA) in training and imparting skills to stakeholders in the county.

In a speech read by CECM for Trade, Industrialization and Tourism Mr. Kassim Were during a NITA Western Region Stakeholders Forum in Kakamega, Governor Oparanya observed that NITA was the industrial development engine required to impart training skills to the youths. He affirmed his commitment to support NITA programmes and announced that the county government has set aside 10 acres of land for the body to set up its training centre in Kakamega.

The Governor reminded participants that the county government is in the process of setting up an industrial park in Mumias which will go along way in empowering the youths. He however decried the growing imbalance between university graduates and technicians in the country due to massive conversion of technical institutions into universities. He said effective skills are required for the country’s economy to grow in line with the Vision 2030 blueprint.

NITA Director General Mr. Paul Kosgey said the programme roll out is linked to the national government’s ‘Big Four Agenda’ as the government charts the country’s transformation course.

Present as well was the Director Industrial Training Mr. Stephen Ogenga and the County Head of Industrialization Mr. George Mbakaya among others.