The government has employed 4,181 youth in Kakamega County under the Kazi Mtaani programme.
Speaking during the launch of the project at Juakali area of Kakamega town on Monday, the County Commissioner (CC) Pauline Dolla said another group of the youth would be working in Mumias town.
Dolla stated that the youth would be paid a stipend of Sh.455 daily for six months.
The CC added that they would be involved in garbage collection, clearing bushes as well as building and repairing bridges.
“The project was first rolled out in eight counties that had been hard-hit by Covid-19 pandemic but the second phase being launched this week is covering all the counties,” she pointed out.
She said the initiative aims at cushioning the youth from the hard economic times occasioned by the pandemic.
The administrator said the county multi-sectorial committee has sensitized the youth on the need to form groups, so that they benefit from the loans from the Youth Enterprise Development Fund.
Elsewhere, the beneficiaries of Kazi Mtaani youth programme have been urged to be patriotic and work with commitment in their assigned areas.
The Kilifi County Commissioner (CC) Magu Njeru Mutindika who officially launched the phase 2 at Mnarani ward on Monday said the project is aimed at cushioning them against the effects of COVID 19 and urged them to take it seriously.
He called for discipline and punctuality in their places of work stressing that the social protection programme, if done successfully will change the environment in terms of hygiene.
Activities through the programme will include access path opening, garbage collection, bush clearing, drainage unclogging and streets clearing.
Over 6000 youth have been recruited throughout the county with Kilifi north Sub County being on the lead with 1200 employees and Magarini with 1,100 employed youth.
Supervisors who are taking charge of 15 workers in the programme will earn Sh.500 per day while the casuals will be earning Sh. 455 per day.