About 900 youth in Mosop constituency of Nandi have been enlisted to undertake civil works under the National Youth Service Kazi Kwa Vijana programme.
The youth, who have been contracted for a three-month period that would be renewable once only, stand to benefit from Shs.35 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 Shs.15 million that would be channeled into a cooperative savings society to be managed by the youth themselves.
Speaking at Kabiyet market in Nandi North during the launch of the project, Bittok said the money saved in the Sacco could 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 the kazi kwa vijana initiative was expected to alleviate idleness among the youth and safeguard them from the temptation to engage in drug and substance abuse.
This project will make unemployed youth 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.
Source: Kenya News Agency