The Nandi County will recruit a total of 2,630 youth and 175 supervisors under the second phase of the National Hygiene Programme (NHP) dubbed Kazi Mtaani.
Speaking during the training of the county implementation committee members on Tuesday, the County Commissioner (CC), Kutswa Olaka said the programme aims at cushioning the youth against the harsh economic times aggravated by the surge of Covid -19 which has rendered a majority jobless.
Olaka said the programme targets the youth in the informal settlement areas within Kapsabet Municipality to enable them earn a living to improve their livehoods.
Each youth will be paid Sh. 455 daily and will be required to work for eleven days a month and their wages paid fortnightly through mobile cash transfer.
“The beneficiaries are youth between the age of 18 to 35 and they will be required to provide valid ID cards and Mobile numbers for them to access their pay,” clarified Olaka.
The youth will also be required to log in and out of an android app administered by the supervisors daily during the working period otherwise they will not receive payment for work not done.
Speaking in the same forum, the Deputy Governor, Yulita Mitei thanked the national government for the initiative and pledged maximum support from the county government adding that it will go a long way in reducing crime and other vices carried out by the youth due to idleness and unemployment.
“My call is for the national steering committee in future to be all inclusive by giving opportunities to ensure fairness in the distribution of resources to benefit at least each sub county instead of the chosen few,” said Mitei.
Some of the works to be carried out include clean up exercises and solid waste management, greening and urban agricultural projects, bush clearing along the roads in the selected areas, construction and upgrade of access roads, construction of public and social facilities, upgrade and small maintenance works for public offices among others.
The NHP is implemented by officers drawn from both the national and county government will run in seven selected areas in Emgwen and Chesumei constituencies for a period of six months.
By Bethsheba Abuya