More youth are set to benefit from the on-going NYS cohort projects across the country as the government hit a target of over one hundred and sixty constituencies which have benefited from the programme.
The Public Service, Gender and Youth Cabinet Secretary (CS), Sicily Kariuki said the government was committed to spreading the programme to the whole country in the coming year to help empower unemployed youth in the country.
She said the programme was a success and that it had transformed the lives of hundreds of youths and improved their culture of savings as opposed to the programme critics who she said thrive in criticizing government projects without looking at the positive side.
Up to date, over 150,000 youths have benefitted from the NYS cohorts programme and we plan to roll out this project to other constituencies so that more can benefit, she said.
Kariuki was addressing the press in Njambini trading centre in Kinangop where she handed over a cheque of Shs. 11.9million to 59 women groups under the women enterprise fund. Some 19 youth groups also received a total of Shs. 1.9m with the CS promising that Kinangop would be the next constituency to benefit from the cohorts projects.
She expressed concern over the low number of youths applying for loans under the youth enterprise fund in the County and challenged relevant departments to create awareness among the youths to enable them access the loans.
The CS said to date; the government has disbursed Shs.9billion to over 1.3 million women under the Women Enterprise Fund with plans to increase the number to 1.5 million by the end of the year.
The Jubilee government has also disbursed Shs. 12billion to the youths which has transformed the lives of more than 900,000 beneficiaries, she added.
On Uwezo Funds, Kariuki said Shs. 5.2billion has been used in assisting women, youths and the disabled while the 47 women representatives had received a total of Shs. 4.2billion under the affirmative funds.
Source: Kenya News Agency