Gov’t hygiene program to employ 6000 youths in Mombasa

Youth cleaning Nairobi River. 22 bodies have been recovered from the river since restoration works began COURTESY

Mombasa County is set to secure jobs for 6,000 youths across the county.

The established committee chaired by Mombasa County Commissioner (CC) Gilbert Kitiyo to oversee the implementation of the program said those youths who have secured jobs will be under intensive labor environmental cleanup which will be captured during countrywide under the National Hygiene program. (NHP)

 The recruitment for the program kicked off on Sunday.

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Kityo said that  Sh81 million will be used for tools, equipment, and other required gears and materials.

He pointed out that under the first phase 2000 youths will be recruited from informal settlements such as  Kaa Chonjo, Ziwa la Ngombe, and Bangladesh.

Likoni, Kisauni, and Changamwe will be included in the subsequent phases and  Kityo added that youth leaders and village elders were involved in the recruitment of the initial 6,000 youth.

He also said the selected youth must come from the targeted informal settlements, possess a National Identity Card, and have an active Safaricom mobile line.

The NHP which was established by President Uhuru Kenyatta aims at creating jobs for thousands of youth and also making the environment healthier.

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The first phase of the program for the next thirty days targets to employ 26,148 workers and later grow to over 100,000 job opportunities for young Kenyans.

According to the statement given during President Kenyatta’s address to the nation, the inaugural cluster of employment under the program will involve youth in 23 informal settlements, spread across seven counties to stimulate the local economy while advancing the war against the Coronavirus pandemic.