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Kidero meets with slum dwellers

21 June 2013, 14:49 Kelvin Wanjohi

Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero has said that the government is in talks with the World Bank and has lobbied for funds to improve the living standards of people living in the city's slums.

In a meeting held at City hall with various representatives from all slums, they discussed issues that have constantly been affecting them and how they can be addressed by the County government.

The over 50 representatives urged the government to hasten improvements on education and health as most schools and hospitals are in dire need of upgrading, noting the number of public schools and hospitals is insufficient especially in the slums where the population is high.

Kidero said that they have already released an ambulance to Pumwani maternity hospital and are yet to receive three more that will be assigned to various health centres to reduce the agony that patients go through when in need of specialised medical care.

He also said that water supply will be increased in the slums, noting that at least everyone in the slums has access to clean drinking water.

On the issue of unemployment, Kidero affirmed that he will create opportunities especially self employment opportunities for the youth as job opportunities continue to become fewer day by day.

“The youth agenda should be addressed with great concern. Over the years, promises have been made whereas some have never been accomplished,” said Kidero.

The officials urged the County government to consider youth from the slums for jobs in upcoming development projects within the city, pressing on Kidero to liaise with his other colleagues to uphold the same.

At the same time, Kidero said that the government will fund the youth through the Kazi kwa Vijana project adding that they should create welfare groups which are easy to fund and monitor.

The representatives pointed out that waste collection and disposal in the city should be given to the slum dwellers since most of them are accustomed to doing odd jobs to earn living.

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