A total 2,891 youth aged between 18 and 35 years will benefit from the National Government’s Kazi Mtaani programme in Tana River County.
Speaking during the launch of the programme in the County, Tana River Governor, Major (Rtd) Dadho Godhana, lauded the government for implementing the programme so that the youth could benefit.
The Governor who accompanied the Government Spokesman urged the national government to continue supporting the Tana River County government in introducing more projects for the youth in the area
The Government Spokesman Col.(Rtd) Cyrus Oguna, who officially launched the programme at Rafiki Primary School in Hola on Tuesday, said the programme was mainly targeting the youth who are not employed or have lost their jobs during this period of coronavirus pandemic.
Col. (Rtd) Oguna said the National Government introduced the programme in order to cushion the youth against the impact of coronavirus in the County, saying since the coronavirus began in March this year to date, majority of the youth have had their life affected like losing jobs, shelters and domestic violence in their homes.
The Government spokesperson noted that by engaging the youth in activities such as bush clearing, garbage collection, cleaning of open-air markets, opening water drainages among others, would help to reduce the negative effects of coronavirus pandemic among the youth.
The Tana River Assistant County Commissioner, Godfrey Mwachofi, said the 2,891 beneficiaries will be working in two shifts whereby the first group of 1,445 youth will work for 11days before the second group takes over.
Mwachofi said the two groups will be alternating in their engagements until the end of the six months programme, whereby each member will be paid Sh.450 per day.
By Simon Guruba