By Our Reporter.
At least 900 youth in Mosop Constituency of Nandi have been enlisted to undertake civil works under the National Youth Service (NYS) Kazi Kwa Vijana Programme.
The programme will see the youths save their funds in Savings and Credit Co-Operative Societies (SACCOs) in partnership with the Ministry of Tourism and Cooperative Development.
The youths who have been contracted for a three-month period renewable once, stand to benefit from Sh35 million earmarked for the exercise in the area.
Mosop MP, Stephen Bittok said those engaged under the programme would be able to make accumulated savings totaling Sh15 million that would be channeled into a Cooperative Savings Society to be managed by the youths themselves.
Speaking at Kabiyet Market in Nandi North during the launch of the project, Bittok said the money saved in the Sacco will be used as seed money for the youth to set up their own individual or group businesses.
He lauded the government for initiating the NYS Project and added that Kazi Kwa Vijana initiative was expected to end idleness among the youths and safeguard them from the temptation to engage in drug and substance abuse.
“This project will make unemployed youths stop indulging in drunkenness since they now have a chance to use their skills to create wealth through setting up income generating activities,” said Bittok.
He urged the youths across the county to save and invest in Saccos as a way of pulling resources and getting loans which will spur their development.