Nationwide training to restore sanity in the Boda Boda sector launched

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Gender and Public service CS flags off a Boda Boda at the launch of the training exercise at Machakos People's park. (Photo -Courtesy)

A training to restore sanity in the Boda Boda sector was yesterday launched at Machakos people’s park in a function attended by Prof. Margaret Kobia, CS Public Service and Gender and Director-General, NYS Matilda Sakwa, Governor Mutua among other stakeholders.

The training which will be offered by the NTSA and the NYS is targeting over 1.5 million Boda Boda riders across the entire country.

Speaking during the launch of the training at Machakos people’s park on Monday morning, Mutua promised to pay the training fee for all Boda Boda riders with a license who will participate in the exercise and subsidize training fee for those without licenses. This will make it cheaper and affordable for the riders.

The training fee for those with driving licenses is set at 750 for 5 days and those without licenses 4500 for 21 days. Learning hours being set at 3hrs per day.

Mutua thanked NYS Director General Maltilda Sakwa for the great work she has been doing adding that Boda Boda riders will benefit from the training asking them to take it positively.

CS, Public Service Margaret Kobia stated that it’s from the training that boda boda riders will acquire good driving skills and road discipline and too, insisting that it will also reduce high rate of road accidents.

The training is crucial as the country recorded over 1,575 Boda Boda related deaths in 2020 according to the NTSA and the industry employs close to 2 million Kenyans directly with millions of other indirect beneficiaries.

Boda Boda riders who spoke to Mauvoo News after the meeting revealed their joy saying that they will take the training seriously since it will benefit them.

The program will be piloted in Kiambu, Kajiado, and Machakos Counties.

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