YOUTH in Isiolo should enroll in skills development centres in order to explore talents and shun retrogressive cultural practices that promote cattle rustling.
Isiolo County Commissioner Wanyama Musiambo said the youth were indulging in criminal activities for short-term living instead of taking part in long-term investment skills that would empower their lives.
Speaking during the issuance of certificates to youths who had completed driving, tailoring and computer courses at Isiolo Helping Hand for Relief and Development training centre, Musiambo said youth play a critical role in society and their lives must be improved through training.
He said many youth had been damaged by drugs and other substances and urged Isiolo youths to desist from chewing miraa.
The official also warned parents against retrogressive cultural practices that affect children's performance in school. He said many girls were out of school due to the FGM practice, especially during long holidays.
Helping Hand for Relief and Development Regional Director, Mohammed Arfan, told the youth from pastoral areas to take opportunities offered at the institution that would help them realise their dream.