Yesterday morning, Meru County Governor, Kiraitu Murungi, paid the UK High Commissioner to Kenya, Nic Hailey, a courtesy call at his Muthaiga Residence in Nairobi.
During their meeting, they discussed various issues including water, the agriculture and tourism sectors, as well as the Meru Youth Service Programme.
Meru County is one of the 47 counties of Kenya, located in the former Eastern Province with a population of 1.4 million people.
Tourists to the region will find that Meru National Park is home to a variety of wildlife that include Somali Ostrich, Onyx, rhinos, buffalos, leopards, lions, giraffes, and zebras. It is also home to 13 rivers, diverse landscapes and delightful hilly scenery.
Other places tourists can visit are Adamson’s Falls, Tana River and the home of George and Joy Adamson which was made famous by the movie Born Free.
The Meru Youth Service Programme was launched by the County Government in April. This ambitious 5-year initiative will train 1,000 young people from administrative wards in the county in areas such as agriculture, health services and urban regeneration.
Set up to provide sustainable alternatives for youths who have been directly impacted by the European Union ban on miraa (also known as khat), a key source of income in the area, it is hoped the programme will provide a solution to key challenges affecting young people such as youth radicalization, poverty, unemployment and alcohol and drug abuse.