Nairobi Governor Johnson Sakaja has said he plans to introduce a tree-planting programme aimed at creating opportunities for the youth.
During a press briefing on Monday, November 14, Sakaja announced that the programme will compensate the abolished Kazi Mtaani programme to keep the youth away from crime.
This move comes amid increased cases of criminal activities, especially muggings, within the city.
With the help of the Kenya Forest Services (KFS) and the National Government, the programme will have employees working for four days to earn Ksh, 2,400 for the week.
“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,” said Sakaja.
Furthermore, governor Sakaja rebuked those engaging in crime, stating that that not having a source of income should not result to mugging residents.
“Not having a job is not an excuse to be a criminal, there are also very many people who have no jobs but are not criminals,” he stated.
Moreover, Sakaja said the county government has already started 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 with Kenya Power. We have also cleared some of our bridges where some of these criminal activities want to be harbored,” he said.
Nonetheless, the Nairobi governor affirmed that the reforms will be implemented in the shortest time possible.