Nairobi’s Members of the County Assembly (MCA’s) have raised concern over the ageing workforce in the county, saying the devolved unit could plunge into a crisis if new recruitments are not done as soon as possible. They argued City Hall’s workforce is unable to deliver due to the age factor.
County Assembly Deputy Majority Leader Peter Wanyoike, said because of retirement, the city is currently experiencing shortage of staff at both the sub-county and ward levels. He added that the situation has been made worse by the failure of the Ann Kananu-led government, to recruit additional staff.
A 2019 biometric headcount report showed that out of the 11,603 county workers, 5,709 were aged 50 years and above, with only 792 employees below the age of 35, representing only 6.8 per cent of the entire workforce. A total of 2,712 workers, were aged between 55 and 59 years, while 2,978 were aged between 50 and 54 years.
Mr Wanyoike pointed out that the County Public Service Board, needs to take measures to avert a crisis in the coming years. He further noted that county services can only reach the citizens through the employees both at the headquarters and the sub-county and ward levels.