By: Meshack Sifuna
- Brain drain is a major factor hindering our country from developing. Many youths who try to be creative and come up with great ideas are always deported abroad. Not too many would turn down a fully sponsored offer to go and study abroad.
- But that was not the case of Patricia Too. Just after her being appointed to be an Assistant County Commissioner, Too received another amazing news of her scholarship to pursue her masters in ICT for internet and multimedia at university of Padua in Italy, an offer that she rejected. She all did this for the purpose of serving Kenyans from her newly appointed office.
“If someone had told me earlier this year that I will be an Assistant County Commissioner, I would have just laughed and brushed off. Today, I tell you all the above have happened, I was in a dilemma, scholarship or job,(but there I am) your village girl is now an Assistant County Commissioner. ”
Those were great words that came from a 25 years old,2019 Rongo University graduate, Patricia Too after being appointed as one of the youngest Assistant County Commissioner in the country during a recent government recruitment exercise conducted in October 2021. From her words, it is a clear indication that all dreams are valid. Many youths out there have dreams that they see are too big to be achieved. Too at first never thought that she could one day hold that big office, not until she was surprised with it. Youths should stand up and stop being pessimistic with their dreams. Too is a good example of this.
The unemployment rate among young people in Kenya increased in the first quarter of 2021, compared to the previous quarter. Patricia Too was privileged to be employed to hold a big office still as a youth. Too was lucky enough from the fact that she graduated from Rongo University, a certified higher learning institution.
Patricia Too being a lady has opened eyes for many girls out there, not only in Rongo University and other institutions but also the entire nation. There are some offices that are always seen to be entirely preserved for men. Too being appointed to hold an office of Assistant County Commissioner of Kakamega County, as a lady, really proves that ladies can perform tasks that are always seen to be hard for them.
In the same vain, it also opens doors for youths to believe that they can hold bigger governmental offices. Many youths shy away from looking for these government positions for one reason or other. Too made it in a simple way. Youths should use this opportunity as a stepping stone to start applying for these offices.
Too said “I am glad and ready for the task to prove to my bosses that young people can also deliver better when given such opportunities in our country” This was a clear declaration of what youths can do.
Brain drain is a major factor hindering our country from developing. Many youths who try to be creative and come up with great ideas are always deported abroad. Not too many would turn down a fully sponsored offer to go and study abroad. But that was not the case of Patricia Too. Just after her being appointed to be an Assistant County Commissioner, Too received another amazing news of her scholarship to pursue her masters in ICT for internet and multimedia at university of Padua in Italy, an offer that she rejected. She all did this for the purpose of serving Kenyans from her newly appointed office.
Indeed, this clearly shows how Rongo University moulds people of substance out there. Humanity and service are her personalities. Too was not interested going abroad but rather chose to remain and serve Kenyans. Ultimately, her desire to serve the country in any capacity is what pushed her to take up the job.
Many graduates across the country have the habit of entirely looking for jobs they had studied for in campuses. Too is a good example of a graduate who is performing a job she never studied for. According to her, her background involves interests in Information and communication technology (ICT) a courses that she let go for the sake of her dreams. It’s high time for youths to stop entirely looking for jobs they had studied for. There are many opportunities out there waiting for them. Patricia Too is a good reflection of this.
It’s high time for the youths to wake up and stop saying there is no employment, opportunities are out there waiting for them.