President Uhuru Kenyatta has on Saturday made his seventh address to the country where he unveiled a 8-point stimulus program to revive the economy from the coronavirus pandemic.
Speaking from State House Nairobi, President Uhuru Kenyatta revealed to Kenyans that his government has set aside Ksh 53.7 billion meant to revive the economy from the pandemic.
Ksh 5 billion will be used to hire casual labourers locally to rehabilitate footbridges and crossroads.Through that the transport industry will have been bosted making it economical to transport cargo especially local farm products.
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An additional 10,000 teachers and 1,000 ICT interns will be hired at a cost of 6.5 billion which will be disbursed to the Ministry of Education to facilitate e-learning of Kenyan students.
Pending payments including VAT and capital of farmers will see Ksh 13 billion set aside to boost farming and production of food locally.
Health workers in the country will be recruited to cover the deficit already existing government hospital.
5,000 heakth workers with a diploma qualification will be accepted as extra bed capacities will be increased at a cost of Ksh 1.7 billion.
Small scale farmers were not left behind as they will receive Ksh 3 billion to enable them purchase the necessary equipment needed in their farms.
Those in the horticulture industry will receive Ksh 2 billion to facilitate their produce especially flowers reach international markets.
The tourism industry will receive a Ksh 4 billion boost that will see hotels receive loans in order to revive the inustry.
Comunities will also be called upon to reserve the heritage through community scouts who will be employed 5,500 of them using the same amount.
Kenyans living in Semi Arid areas will also benefit from well construction to distribute water and conserve water to enable the government achieve its Greening Kenya initiative.
Due to the perennial floods encountered in the country causing havoc, the government has set aside Ksh 1 billion meant to help flood victims and activities in the area.
Last the government will spend a total of Ksh 600 million in order to promote the Buy Kenya Build Kenya brand through the sell of locally produced vehicles.
“Ksh. 600 million to purchase locally manufactured vehicles. As a strategy, we will enforce the policy on “Buy Kenya Build Kenya”.I urge all of us to remain Kenya Daima; confident that the endurance we are so famous for will drive us to victory.”