Confusion has reigned amongst thousands of youths recruited for the second phase of the Youth Empowerment Programme (YEP) after the National Youth Service order immediate stoppage of all YEP projects two weeks ago rendering them jobless.
Through a communication addressed to all NYS regional commanders, sector commanders and ward commanders, officers were recalled back to their respective work stations with immediate effect.
“It has been decided that all sector, ward commanders (officers) who were in the programme report back to their respective stations immediately for deployment as we wait for further directions on Youth Empowerment Programme activities.” An internal correspondence signed by Sospeter Mabeya on behalf of Director General Richard Ndubai read in part.
The memo dated November 20, 2017 reference number NYS/ED/9/1/C’C’ VOL VI directed all the commanding officers to give returns and those who would not have reported by Monday, 27 November 2017 be marked as absentees from duty.
The abrupt suspension of the YEP projects was necessitated by demands for thorough evaluation of projects activities by the Ministry of Public Service, Youth and Gender Affairs.
Effectively, all the ongoing projects will be stalled until the audit is complete.
In April last year, President Uhuru Kenyatta relaunched the YEP projects under NYS programme as part of the second phase to benefit unemployed youths.
Majorly, the activities were designed to focus mainly on infrastructure and environment projects.
The now stalled project rolled out in many counties engaged the youths in constructing access roads, unlocking drainage systems and the rehabilitation of dams and water pans among other tasks.
Those recruited were dispatched in respective counties grouped in cohorts.
The payment model was designed for daily allowance and partial savings in saccos.