Governor Sonko reveals his agenda for the youth in Nairobi

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Governor Mike Sonko when he was installed as the patron of the Kenya Scouts Association Nairobi Chapter, and the representative of the World Scouts Parliamentary Union. PHOTO/GPS

By CITY CORRESPONDENT

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Plans have been finalized to roll-out a youth development initiative next month that will see at least 20,000 youths directly involved in various community based activities Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko has revealed.

The maverick Governor said the County’s Department of Youth and Education is working with various stakeholders to finalize modalities that will result in the county government will fund all youth related activities.

Among the plans the county has is to introduce the Youth Talent Development Bill that will allow the county to fund artistes, sporting activities and community-based youth initiatives.

The governor was speaking when he was installed as the official patron of the Kenya Scouts Association, Nairobi chapter. The function was attended Wiper Party leader Kalonzo Musyoka, county executive members, various MCAs and other leaders.

“The county government realizes the need to roll out more programmes that will not only keep our young people active, but also help them earn a decent living,” he said.

Mr Sonko announced that he will be distributing 500,000 sanitary towels in all the 85 wards as part of his efforts to cushion girls and women against the adverse effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The distribution will be done by the scouting association to mark the beginning of the new partnership programme,” he said.

The governor was speaking when he was installed as the official patron of the Kenya Scouts Association, Nairobi chapter. The function was attended Wiper Party leader Kalonzo Musyoka, county executive members, various MCAs and other leaders

Mr Kalonzo called on the governor to champion the rights of scouts to greater heights and carry with him the attributes of the founders of scouting in the world.

“It’s now upon you to show high integrity levels in your leadership because scouts worldwide are people of respect,” Mr Kalonzo said.

Governor Mike Sonko inspecting a guard of honour after being installed as the patron of the Kenya Scouts Association Nairobi Chapter, and the representative of the World Scouts Parliamentary Union. PHOTO/GPS

Twenty-five Members of the County Assembly (MCAs) were also initiated into the scouts association in a larger plan to help streamline scouting activities at ward level.

At the same time, Governor Sonko reiterated that he supports President Uhuru’s plans for Nairobi and welcomed the swearing-in of Nairobi Metropolitan Service Director General Mohamed Badi to be attending cabinet meetings.

“The move is a good gesture from President Kenyatta in his commitment to improve service delivery in the city and I have no problem with that as long as all engagements between NMS and the County Government will be done within law,” he said.

The governor also clarified that he has no problem with NMS adding that the county government was ready to allow full funding of the transferred functions within the confines of the law.

“This is something we have said again and again that we are ready to work with NMS so long as we are provided with the legal framework through which we can do it,” he said.

Mr Sonko observed that the office of the Attorney General has been given time to finalize the legal framework through which the funding process can be carried out.

He said he was only being cautious because in future he did not want to be held responsible for any illegalities.

“We all know that after two years President Kenyatta will not be in office and we don’t know who will be the next President and if they may want to revisit this issue,” he noted.

He added that once the ongoing talks are done to the satisfaction of both parties and as per the Deed of Transfer of Functions, the NMS will be free to get all the funding for its functions.

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