Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua with his Spouse H.E Pastor Dorcas Rigathi on Thursday hosted Representatives of the Federation of Drivers and Conductors and other Transport stakeholders at the Official Residence in Karen, Nairobi.
According to the second in command, they engaged on ways of dignifying and improving the working space and welfare of these members- particularly the youth who form more than 90 percent of the workforce.
Gachagua noted that over 70 percent of Kenya people rely on the Matatu industry, which contributes more than Sh200 billion to the economy.
“It was an important conversation in highlighting and proposing a way forward on pertinent issues including the fight against abuse of substances, drugs and alcohol. The menace is rampant in this industry, a factor that negatively impacts optimal productivity,” he said.
According to the DP, they also discussed issues on insurance, road safety and security, among others.
“The Transport Sector is a key driver of our economy; we want the benefits to trickle down to the players, including the drivers and conductors for a dignified life,” he added.
Gachagua added that in partnership with the Ministry of Roads and Transport, County Governments and other relevant agencies, we will address road safety concerns especially signage.
“As other actors keep making recommendations to the drivers curriculum, we will consider cooperation with the National Youth Service not only for more skills, but also saving and investment culture,” he said.
The DP said that are determined to streamline the subsector for improved contribution to the economy.