Second phase of National Hygiene Programme, dubbed ‘Kazi Mtaani’, kicked off today in Nandi County. The programme, which had its first phase implemented in counties that were first affected by Covid-19, has now been rolled out to counties that did not participate in the first phase.
It is aimed at employing the youth so as to alleviate their economic status amid the pandemic that has had many jobs lost. This initiative is also meant to improve the environment and the infrastructure in urban areas through activities that are coordinated by both the national and county governments.
This program seeks to provide employment to low income earners especially the youth who often rely on daily wages that have since been affected by the socio-economic impact as a result of containment measures of Covid-19.
These opportunities targeted the residents of Municipalities’ informal settlements in every county. In Nandi, the program is based in Kapsabet Municipality while involving youths from areas of Kunurter, Namgoi, Eastview, Kamatargui, Kichinjio, Kokwet and Tilalwo.
A total of 2700 youth and 90 supervisors have been successfully recruited from these areas with the work starting today for the next six months with up to eight (8) working hours daily. Among the activities to be carried out include access road improvement, cleaning, bush clearing, drainage works and maintenance of public amenities. The youth are also expected to conduct a beautification exercise of Kapsabet Municipality.
Every participating youth will be paid a daily wage of Ksh. 455 and is expected to work for at least 11 working days a month. The Supervisors on the other hand will have a daily earning of Ksh. 505 working for at least 22 days in a month.
Speaking during the launch today at Kapsabet Town garden, the County Secretary, Dr. Francis Sang urged the youth to take up the opportunity and make proper use of their wages to improve their livelihoods.
The County Commissioner, Kutswa Olaka, in his address pointed out that the recruitment process that took place last week gave an opportunity to all applicants. He congratulated them for taking up such opportunities and further called for discipline and diligence while working.