Public Service, Youth and Gender affairs Cabinet Secretary (CS) Sicily Kariuki giving a cheque to youths in Kisii county. /BMAKORI
The Public Service, Youth and Gender affairs Cabinet Secretary (CS) Sicily Kariuki has asked politicians not t take advantage of the National youth Service programs and the youth by dragging them into unlawful acts.
The CS was speaking at Nyabururu when she launched the Kitutu chache and Nyaribari Chache youth empowerment project where about 2000 cohorts were recruited.
She added that a third of youth wages would go to their sacco which she reiterated will be managed by the youth themselves.
“This is not a political game, it is something to empower the young people to start a new way of life. We will pay special attention in impacting you with entrepreneurship skills by the time the programme comes to the end,” she said adding that by the end of six months over Sh 54 million would have been saved in the SACCO.
“Currently we have Sh. 1.6 Billion saved in the SACCs. There has never been such a programme that is impacting the lives of youth directly like the current NYS programme,” she said.
She hence called on the youth to protect the projects from politicians spreading propaganda and who may want to take advantage to benefit themselves.
“This is a National Government project to develop a vibrant youth economy. Our mission is to reach out to more youth in all the constituencies, which we believe will economically develop and build their capacity in entrepreneurship and relevant life skills,” Ms. Kariuki said.
Christina Kenyatta sister to President Uhuru said she will delighted to come to see the impact the projects have mafe to the youths and hence they need to work hard.
Ms Kenyatta asked the youths to work hard and even help the government on cleaning up the environment by ensuring the banned plastic bags are cleared.
” I urge you to engage in environmental cleanliness and assist the vulnerable in society and through that you can receive weekly stipends for subsistence and saving”, she said.
She further urged them to work closely with the NYS officers to ensure the success of the project assuring that cohorts recruited were from the their constituencies.
During the occasion the youths and women groups received cheques worth sh. 3.7m and 3.1respectively from the ministry.