Youth will be jobless if housing project stops – President Ruto

President William Ruto has said thousands of youth will be rendered jobless if the Affordable Housing Project is brought to a halt. 

Ruto spoke on Wednesday when he launched the Nanyuki Affordable Housing Project in Laikipia East Constituency.

“The Affordable Housing Program is here to stay. Te number of young men working in the sites would be rendered jobless if it were to stop,” Ruto said.

He said the project which sits on a 2.5 acres piece of land will deliver 200 housing units ranging from studio apartments, one-bedroom, two-bedroom and three-bedroom apartments.

The Presidents said the developer in collaboration with TVET colleges, the National Construction Authority (NCA), and the National Industrial Training Authority (NITA) will engage Jua Kali artisans in the fabrication of steel casement doors and windows to be used in the project.

On Thursday, Ruto will be in Nyandarua County where he will launch the Nyandarua Affordable Housing Project. 

The Head of State said the recently launched Affordable Housing Projects will create an estimated 6000 direct jobs for the youth and women in construction as well as another 4000 indirectly.

“Construction of the 2000 housing units in various parts of the Country has commenced as we make good our promise to deliver decent and affordable housing for all Kenyans,” he said. 

Ruto said the Pioneer Affordable Housing project in Kapseret Constituency, Uasin Gishu County will deliver 1,506 housing units on the 13-acre piece of land. 

He said the project will also come with a kindergarten, a mixed-use commercial development and a social hall.

“Construction of the 18 blocks of apartments will provide an estimated 1500 employment opportunities while at the same time engaging the Jua Kali Sector to supply windows, hedges, doors among other locally manufactured items,” he said. 

Ruto said the development will also involve the expansion of the sewer and water infrastructure in the already existing network and is expected to be complete by January 2026.

On the other hand, he said the Kidiwa Affordable Housing Project in Soy constituency, Uasin Gishu County will deliver 220 housing Units and will provide 500 jobs directly and over 2000 jobs indirectly.

He said the units will comprise 60 studio units, 40 one-bedroom units, 100 two-bedroom units and 20 three-bedroom units on the 3.2-acre piece of land.

Source: The Star

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