Youths enlisted into the National Hygiene Programme (NHP) in Marsabit County will start being paid their wages on Wednesday.
The Programme has been received well by residents as it has given Marsabit town and its environs a new image.
The Marsabit Central Deputy County Commissioner (DCC), Patrick Muriira said in his office on Monday that the workers will be paid through their M-pesa registered mobile phone lines which they presented to the programme secretariat.
Muriira explained that the first group comprising 1,607 workers and 109 supervisors would receive their pay.
The DCC pointed out that the activities carried out by the youths had given the town a new lease of life where storm drainages have been unblocked, overgrown bushes cleared and tons of refuse collected.
Muriira who is also the chairman of the sub-county security and intelligence committee said parts of the town and residential areas that were experiencing security challenges due to bushes would be considered for street lighting in order to improve the situation.
He disclosed that plans have started to develop a new garbage dump site using the NHP workforce after the current one along Marsabit-Segel road filled up raising environmental concerns.
This, he said, would form part of envisaged legacy projects in the Marsabit NHP catchment area that would last for six months adding that 1000 trees would also be planted at Marsabit Boys’ and Moi Girls’ Secondary Schools.
Residents said that they were happy with the government for offering 3,371 unemployed youths with an opportunity to earn some income while the town and residential areas were acquiring a new look.
By Sebastian Miriti