Nairobi Governor Johnson Sakaja has announced that he is planning to introduce a tree-planting programme that will create job opportunities for young people.
Sakaja, while addressing the media on Monday, said that the programme will compensate the scrapped Kazi Mtaani programme.
He also said that this new initiative will keep the youth away from crime.
The programme comes amid increased cases of criminal activities especially muggings within the capital.
With the help of the Kenya Forest Services (KFS) and the National Government, the well-thought project will have the young employees work for four days a week. Consequently, they will be able to earn ksh.2400.
“Our work is to create opportunities for our young people. Of course, we have re-designed the Kazi Mtaani programme but we are starting a greening programme together with the KFS and the National Government. These young people will be able to work four days a week and get about Ksh.2, 400 and put it into something meaningful. “He said.
The Governor noted that lacking a source of income should not result in people engaging in activities like robbing residents in town.
“Not having a job is not an excuse to be a criminal, there are very many people who have no jobs but are not criminals,” he said.
The former Nairobi Senator added that the county government has already begun installing security reforms to help restore calm in the city. “We are doing our best, we are lighting up the entire city to ensure that there’s no dark place and we are currently talking to Kenya Power. We have also cleared some of our bridges where some of these criminal activities want to be harbored,” he added.
He asserted that the reforms will be implemented in the shortest time possible and that people will soon see a change.
BY STACY ODHIAMBO