DP William Ruto was this past weekend feted in Uganda where he got the life time achievement award.
Ruto shared the news of his win in the post below.
“Honoured to receive the 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award during the Young Achievers awards ceremony, Kampala, Uganda, in the company of Uganda Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda.”
Ruto was awarded in Kampala on Saturday night for being part of Jubilee’s initiative to give 30 percent of all government contracts to youths, women and the disabled.
He was described as being a visible champion for youth empowerment, industrial and technical training, and praised for supporting talent development through sports and art.
It was also noted that Ruto was once a ‘hustler’.
The DP said he accepted the award not because the organisers are well known but because of the idea it represents; that Africa must begin to celebrate and reward its achievers and validate their dreams instead of waiting for others to do so.
The DP noted that the continent is rich and values hard work, enterprise, craft and innovation, that are mostly associated with the youth.
To unlock their potential, he said, primacy must be given to science, technology and technical education as keys to transformation.
Ruto said: “We must start imparting relevant skills to our learners. For what will it benefit a young man to know when Vasco Da Gama came to Malindi when he doesn’t know how to mechanise his farm or innovate new technologies to scale his enterprise?”
He added: “Let us leverage on our young people’s enthusiasm and energy to unleash new opportunities and open arenas for discovery and achievement.”