The government of Kenya has launched a national training program for Boda Boda riders at 750 shillings each. The program is to be extended to all Boda Boda riders countrywide through the National Youth Service (NYS).
The NYS Council Chairperson General Lt. Gen (Rtd) Njuki Mwaniki, said the boda boda sector is one of the biggest sectors in the country and therefore, “we are rolling out a training program to cover all constituencies in the country,”
The countrywide bodaboda training is expected to take one week to get a license and the training will cost only 750 shillings though it is not clear whether the boda boda guys will be willing to part with that amount given the Covid-19 challenges.
According to ICT Cabinet Secretary Joe Mucheru, the training will cover safety and how boda boda rider should responsibly behave on the roads, he said this while speaking during the launch on Thursday.
“By and large, one of the big asks by bodaboda riders is in regards to training and licensing. This process is not an event. It is a program that we hope to complete in the next few months to ensure that all riders are trained and ensure that they obtain requisite skills and licenses,” said the CS.
Joe Mucheru added that “Within the year, we hope that we will have appropriate training and safety for the future that will transform the entire industry.”
Through this training program, the government looks forward to achieving some objectives that include discipline and obedience to traffic laws and the Highway Code.
The countrywide bodaboda training is also aimed at imparting knowledge to enable riders to understand the characteristics of motorcycles and their maintenance and first aid.
Additionally, government training is also targeting preventive hygiene, how to deal with accidents and road courtesy, and how to obtain licenses.