Uasin Gishu County Governor Jackson Mandago on Monday presided over the launch of the Kazi Mtaani National Hygiene Programme (NHP) initiative aimed at giving youth a source of income.
The programme being implemented jointly by the national and the county governments will benefit some 8,000 youth from Uasin Gishu.
Speaking during the launch of the programme at Kamukunji grounds, Governor Mandago called on youth to take the programme seriously in order for them to earn some cash during this pandemic.
“If you are lucky to have been enrolled into this programmed, don’t play with it. Always keep time and do as is required of you,” said Mandago.
The youth will be paid Sh450-500 per day for a total of 11 days every month. Their wages will be wired to them every end of the week via mobile money.
Their job will include paving access paths, street cleaning, fumigation and disinfection of public areas, garbage collection, bush clearance and unclogging drainages.
Governor Mandago lauded the process of recruiting the beneficiaries terming it free and fair.
“I’m happy we have no complaints about the recruitment process and this is an indication that the program will be a success,” he noted.
Uasin Gishu County Commissioner Abdirisak Jaldesa said the youth recruited into the program are majorly from informal settlements.
The County Commissioner said this was because many of those largely affected by the Coronavirus pandemic are those in the informal settlements.
“We know those in areas like Huruma, Munyaka, Langas and Kamukunji are very much affected and this is why we gave them a first priority,” said Jaldesa.