There is need to revive the Nyumba Kumi Initiative in the wake of terror attacks in the country, Kisii County Commissioner Godfrey Kigochi has said.
Speaking during flagging off of 202 youths to join the National Industrial Training Authority (NITA) for various courses over the weekend, Kigochi said it was the responsibility of every citizen to know their neighbours if incidents like the recent terror attack at Dusit building in Westlands Nairobi are to be contained.
“We will activate the Nyumba Kumi initiative for security purposes and I urge you all to support the process,” he said.
County Woman Representative Janet Onge’ra noted that the youths were selected from all 45 wards in the county comprised of the needy, disabled and those passionate about education.
Ms Ongera said the initiative was meant to empower young people to be self-reliant and create employment once they complete the programme.
She urged the youths to take seriously the initiative which is six months including a three-months training and another three months practical sessions.
Regina Ndambuki, the chair of the National Government Affirmative Action Fund (NGAAF) said they will support the youths through the process.
She said the ministry will issue them with funds to start their businesses.
By Jane Naitore and Chrisphine Otieno