NYS empowerment program launched in Kajiado East
About 900 youth from Kajiado East constituency were on Tuesday commissioned to carry out community work under the National Youth Service (NYS) empowerment program.
Presiding over the launch in Kitengela town, NYS Deputy Director Mr. Sam Michuki noted that the program aims at empowering the youth in Kenya through creation of employment opportunities.
The Deputy Director said that in constituencies where the program had already been launched, the youth had benefitted enormously through savings from their daily earnings, trainings on leadership, entrepreneurship, alcohol and substance abuse, HIV/AIDS management among others
Michuki asked the cohorts to use their savings which will be kept for them in SACCOs wisely by starting small businesses and avoid engaging in alcoholism.
“I want to urge all of you who have been inducted in the Youth Empowerment Program to use your savings wisely. You will be trained on entrepreneurship skills and I expect you to use the money to start businesses so as to better your lives instead of wasting it on alcohol,” he said.
He also asked them to be role models to others in society by upholding high levels of discipline while engaging in various community works such as opening clogged drainages, rehabilitating dams and water pans, ensuring general cleanliness of towns and market areas among others.
Area legislator Ms. Peris Tobiko hailed the government’s efforts in reviving the project, adding that the NYS program had created many employment opportunities for the youth thus enabling them to better their living standards.
Tobiko asked the youth to be responsible and avoid being used by politicians during the campaign period to engage in violence.
One of the cohorts, Daniel Njoroge, expressed joy on being inducted to the program saying that he had been jobless for long and he would use his earnings to put up a mobile-phone repair shop.
“I am very happy to be in NYS; I have been staying at home idle applying for jobs which have not been forthcoming but at least now I can earn my own cash where I will get capital to open up a mobile-repair shop,” he said.
Damaris Naliaka reiterated Njoroge’s comments adding that she will now be able to provide for her two children through the income she earns easily and thanked the government for re-launching the program.
The Youth Empowerment Program was launched in 2014 by the Jubilee Government to improve the lives of the youth by enabling them raise capital to start various economic activities.
Kajiado East becomes the 118th constituency to be commissioned with the program expected to be launched in all the 290 constituencies by the end of 2017.
By Rop Janet