The Nandi County Secretary, Francis Sang on Monday officially launched the National Hygiene Program ‘Kazi Mtaani’ that will benefit about 2,700 youth in the County in the next six months.
The beneficiaries are youth from the seven informal settlements within Kapsabet municipality of Tilalwo (390), Kokwet (330), Kamatargui (420), Namgoi (390), East view 420), Kunurter (330) and Kichinjio (420).
The youth workers will be engaged in two cohorts of 1,350 each, for 11 days and will be under their supervisors who will be required to sign them in and out through an Android App to facilitate their payment digitally.
Speaking during the launch, Sang termed the program as unique and urged the youth to work faithfully and from the wages support their families.
“Do not use your earning in buying cheap alcohol but rather support your families and the surplus, save for investment,” he said.
Sang added that besides offering employment to the vulnerable urban youth, the program will highly contribute in improving the environment, asserting that the County Government will support the program into fruition.
The County Commissioner, Kutswa Olaka said that the recruitment was free and fair and therefore called on the youth to be aggressive and have something to show for the entire period they will be engaged.
“I call upon each youth worker to be prudent in time management, orderly, respectful and ensure he or she accomplishes the tasks assigned for each day.
Some of the tasks the youth workers will be required to carry out include cleaning of public and social amenities, tree planting, bush clearing, solid waste management, and unblocking drainages among others.
The aim of the program is to provide daily wages to the youth in informal settlements thus cushioning them from the economic impact of Covid-19 and also improve urban infrastructure in the selected areas.
By Bethsheba Abuya