Trans Nzoia: Government rolls out National Hygiene programme to cushion youth during Covid-19 pandemic

The second phase of the National Hygiene Programme has picked up across the country.

The relief programme by the president is set to employ thousands of youth countrywide in slum areas. The first phase of the programme kicked off on April 29.

The programme is to benefit unemployed youths in the country during the coronavirus pandemic.

The program was initiated across several counties in its first phase.

“The national hygiene programme is a relief programme by the president to provide means of sustaining the people in country during this abnormal time. The potential employment creations have been hit leading to a massive unemployment in the country among youths,” Said Matisi area Senior chief Mrs. Janet Wekesa.

Trans Nzoia county, joining the programme on the second phase, has roll out the programme across all wards.

Leaders in the county mostly leaders of Nyumba Kumi and village leaders have been encouraging youths to avail themselves and register for the programme that is ongoing currently at the chief’s office.

“The directive from the county commissioner’s office is that the residents from slums to register. The program is to help the people in slums where the rate of job seekers is high. I have been going around the ward to inform youths about this national programme.” She added.

The requirements for registration is a national identity card, the village or location and the head of Nyumba Kumi signature.

Youths from the area have turned out massively, registering to get the opportunity from the programme.

“The past three months have been tough for everyone in the country and any opportunity that arises to put food on the table is filed with applications to the maximum. The programme targets hard-hit slums in the two mentioned wards like here Matisi Maji and in Tuwan Mitume Mau Mau and Mumias slums where the conditions are tough.” She said.

Women undertaking first phase of the National Hygiene Programme. Image|Courtesy

The initiative has attracted a majority of youth within Saboti and the daily turn out at the office has been huge according to the area chief.

“The response towards the programme has been good since we started registration on 15th May. We have been receiving names from people from different wards and locations not outlined as per the directive which is a major challenge.”

They hope that the programme will not be biased and they will receive the slots in the programme to have a daily means of survival.

“This was a good idea but we are hoping that it will not be for the only known individuals to benefit. We need this job. The chief’s office should be fair and let us have the opportunity since it is meant for us I the slums.” Said Allan Jirago a youth from Matisi.

“I just heard of this on Sunday and since the relief foods being distributed cannot be enough for all of us. This programme is timely, we can get something at the end of the day and sustain our families.” Said Linda Wanja from Mau Mau.

Kenya Red Cross in Trans Nzoia donated relief food at Kitale Technical which was flagged by the County Governor Patrick Khaemba on Sunday to ward administrators and the vulnerable persons.

It is allegedly that the youths stormed the Salvation Army Church in Matisi on Monday that was donated by the area MCA Obed Mwale.

“The government has outlined the procedures of distributing the relief foods. I was not aware of the distribution by the Member of County Assembly. “said the chief Matisi ward madam Janet.

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