North Eastern Regional Commissioner Nicodemus Ndalana addressing the youth engaged in Kazi Mtaani. Ndalana urged the youth to register their groups through the department of social services  at the end of the program as it will ease their future engagements with the government

The Kazi Mtaani program officially kicked off in Garissa county Tuesday.

Launching the program at the Garissa primary school playgrounds, North Eastern Regional Commissioner Nicodemus Ndalana advised the youth engaged in the program to form and register groups through the department of social services saying this arrangement will give them due advantage in future government programs.

“You will stand better chances in future government programs engagements if you register yourself into groups. With experience you will receive during the Kazi Mtaani you will be considered to have added advantage when engaging with the government in future,” Ndalana said.

“There are so many advantages when one is in an organised and registered group.  You can even borrow loans to start businesses,” he added.

On challenges faced during the recruitment exercise, the Regional Commissioner urged those with complaints to present them to the secretariat for redress.

“The cases will be addressed on a case by case basis. I want to assure those with genuine concerns that their cases will be dealt with fairly,” he said.

Over 4,000 youth from informal settlements in Garissa town will benefit from Kazi Mtaani meant to cushion them from the adverse effects of Covid-19.

The youth will receive Sh455 as a daily wage, working for 11 days each month for the next six months.

Those enlisted will be expected to undertake daily sanitation and environmental preservation of their settlements.

Other duties include fumigation and disinfecting of public places, garbage collections, bush clearing, street cleaning and unclogging of drainage systems among other community services.

The Kazi Mtaani initiative piloted in April is being rolled out across the country this week. In North Eastern region, Mandera county benefited during phase I part of the project.

The phase II of the program targets over 270,000 vulnerable youth in informal settlements countrywide who will be engaging in development projects as part of GoK’s economic responses to Covid-19.