The Principal Secretary for Transport, Irurungu Byakera, has said that the government is determined to ensure that Kenyans run the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) once completed.
According to Nyakera, SGR will be an employment opportunity for the youths as the Jubilee government moves on to achieve its manifestos during their campaign, employment to the youths.
The PS was speaking at the graduation ceremony of the first batch of technicians who have been undergoing training at the Railway Training Institute where a total of 102 technicians received their certifications after a four-month training in telecommunications control engineering, traffic and transport management and locomotive maintenance
“Skills transfer is mandatory in order to ensure seamless operation and management of the railway line upon its official launch.
“Our aim as a government is to build local capacity where Kenyan professionals will be exposed to aspects of design, construction and management of railways,” said Mr Nyakera
“This project will contribute greatly in providing employment to our youth as is in our manifesto.
“So far, the SGR project has created job opportunities for Kenyans with China Road and Bridge Corporation (CRBC) having directly employed 19,000 workers and additional 8,000-plus employed by sub-contractors,” he added.