Over 8,000 youths in Uasin Gishu County have been enrolled into the National Hygiene Program dubbed Kazi Mtaani.
Governor Jackson Mandago EGH on Monday presided over the official launch of the initiative in the country.
The launch was held at Kamukunji grounds on the outskirts of Eldoret town.
Speaking during the event, Mandago challenged the youths who have been enrolled into the program to work diligently so as to ensure it is a success.
“We want to see this program done the best way it can be so that when we ask for it to be extended or expanded we have basis for it,” noted Mandago.
“If you are lucky to be enrolled in this program, don’t play with it, always keep time and do as it’s required of you,” he added.
The county boss further hailed the process of recruiting the beneficieries saying it was 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.
The Gorvenor further took the opportunity to warn men against impregnating school girls.
He said also those found involved will be dealt with accordingly and forced to pay school fees for their victims.
He however asked parents to take up the responsibility of taking care of their children.
On his part Uasin Gishu County Commisioner said the youths recruited into the program and majorly from informal settlements.
This, Jaldesa said, 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,” noted Jaldesa.
On his part, Deputy Governor Daniel Chemno asked the youths to make good use of the payments they will receive from the initiative.
He said no matter how small the cash may be, they should wisely use it as a stepping stone for future financial success.
Under the program, the youths will be involved in garbage collection, opening of drainage systems among other environment-related works where they will be paid between Sh450-500 daily.
During the launch, several CECs, COs, Eldoret Municipality chairman Julius Kitur and area MCAs Gilbert Bett and Peter Chomba were present.