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National hygiene programme must succeed, says county commissioner

Departments involved in the coordination of the national hygiene programme (NHP) have been asked to ensure that the exercise continues as planned to ensure its benefits are realized.

Marsabit county commissioner Evans Achoki also called for teamwork and support among departmental heads which he said was integral in the efficient service delivery to the public.

Achoki who was chairing the NHP’s county implementation committee (CIC) weekly meeting in his office Thursday reminded members that the minimum expectation of the government from them was the success of the project.

The county commissioner underlined the importance of mentorship session to the youths enrolled to ensure that they were prepared to carry on with life when the program comes to an end.

He particularly asked the housing department to utilize block making machines at its disposal to tap skills abundant in the youth by training then on how to make building blocks.

Achoki said this would enable those trained to procure equipment using Uwezo and youth enterprise fund kitties that the government was offering to secure self-employment.

“The youth if well equipped with skills during the six-month period of the program can gain from the ever growing construction industry,” he said, Achoki adding that the positioning could transform the lives of hundreds of youths not only in Marsabit but countrywide.

On service delivery, the county commissioner pointed out that expectations from the public was high and urged public officers to employ diligence and efficiency for accelerated development.

He further called on the Kazi Mtaani program secretariat to fine tune the list of the 3,371 workers in order to ensure that no youth who has been engaged misses their pay.

Achoki pointed out that issues of incompatibility of national identity cards and Safaricom telephone lines of more than 150 youths has been popping up and directed the secretariat to immediately address the mismatch.

The county commissioner asked stakeholder departments of the program like the Kenya Urban Roads Authority (KURA) and Kenya Forest Service (KFS) with scheduled tasks, but which are yet to start to lay ground for the activities to commence.

He said greater attention should be paid to legacy projects which include construction and upgrading of access roads and greening.

By Sebastian Miriti

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