Absorption of casual workers and volunteers could be a feasible solution in cutting down the fast-growing unemployment rate in the country.
Nairobi Governor, Mike Sonko has urged the County Public Service Board to prioritize, casual workers and volunteers in the employment of county staff, as the board is well constituted to help more individuals get employment into various services. Early Childhood Development and Education and health sectors have more casuals and volunteers and the government is targeting these two sectors.
“We are going to ensure that all those that have been working in all county ECDE centres as casuals are absorbed. We will not allow people from outside to be given priority,” he said.
With over a million Kenyan youths are unemployed in Nairobi, absorption of casual workers and volunteers is expected to help solve the unemployment problem according to the County chief. Nairobi County has an estimated number of 229 public ECDE centres which have over 21,000 learners. About 70 million has been set aside to support the program this year and the amount is expected to increase in the next financial year.
County government is looking to work closely with over 6,000 Community Health Volunteers to improve access to health services. Earlier this month, the Community Health Volunteers were given Sh300 million by the county government and are also set to be enrolled for insurance cover promising those who qualify to offer clinical services are get a permanent spot in the county job.
“We know some of you have worked as volunteers in the slum areas for so many years. We now must consider you in our next employment,” said Sonko.
Sonko also urged the police to work closely with elected leaders to help solve the unemployment challenge instead of engaging in brutal killings and profiling of young people in slum areas.