Nyandarua Youth to benefit from Ksh23M NYS programme
Youth from Kipipiri Constituency in Nyandarua are set to benefit from Ksh23 million from the National Youth Service (NYS) community programme in the next six months.
Already, some 900 youths have been enrolled in the programme.
Speaking while re-launching the programme on Friday in Miharati town, Youth Affairs Principal Secretary Lilian Omollo said that the government was committed to creating an efficient pipeline for the disbursement of funds.
She conceded that in the past there had been hitches in the enrollment and the payment – challenges that she says her team has managed.
“We have set up a mechanism where those who work will always receive their payments on time without delay. The biometric system has helped us a lot in the registration and payment is now easy,” she said.
Mrs Omollo said that already, the government had set aside enough money for youth engaged in the community service programme.
‘I can assure you that the money has already been set aside and we also have enough machinery. Those who will work in this constituency will be given Ksh23 million shillings at the end of their term in total,” she said.
The Principal Secretary, who was hosted by area MP Samuel Gichigi, said that youth countrywide will receive training on entrepreneurship so that they could their savings wisely.
“They will no longer be working the whole day like in the past since in the afternoon, they will attend classes to be taught on how to start small income generating projects,” she observed.
On his part, Gichigi hailed the move to re-launch the programe saying that many youths would now engage in the businesses instead of being idle.
He said that since the programme stopped, the crime rate has risen as idle youth engaged in criminal activity.
The legislator called on the youths to form saccos so that they could start businesses as a team.
By Peter Mwangi
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