The national government has begun an ambitious project of greening Mandera through tree planting.
The project that is being carried out through the Kazi Mtaani programme will see some 648 youths plant one tree each in their homesteads in mitigating the effects of the hot climate in the region.
Mandera county commissioner (CC) Onesmus Kyatha who led the exercise urged youths to nature the trees as they carry on with the cleaning programme in the area.
The government began the Kazi Mtaani programme to cushion vulnerable youths from the economic effects emanating from the covid 19 pandemic. The youths are being paid Shs.600 per day.
Mr. Kyatha said the government has extended the program for a further 20 days and urged youths to dedicate their efforts in cleaning public places and path opening.
Housing Director Benard Ng’ang’a said the government has disbursed money to the youths through Mpesa services.
Adan Mohamed the youth leader thanked the government for coming up with the Kazi Mtani programme as it has assisted in keeping youths busy.
Mohamed said youths have shunned drug abuse and criminal activities since they were engaged by the government.
He said the government was fair and did not discriminate against the region from the jobs under the programme.
By Dickson Githaiga