Mombasa,KENYA:Mombasa county commissioner Evans Achoki has raised alarm over lack of enthusiasm among young people in Mombasa county to join the National Youth Service.
Speaking in Mombasa a day after the NYS recruitment kicked off in the county, Achoki said he was concerned as to why young people were less interested in the program.
Achoki said based on the recruitment figures from Nyali sub-county on Monday, 45 slots had been set aside for the subcounty but only 19 people showed up for the recruitment 15 young men and 4 ladies.
“When the government has provided employment opportunities for the youth yet they do not embrace them, isn’t it something to be concerned about?” Achoki posed.
Achoki further urged young people to embrace the opportunities so as to to reduce the rate of employment in the county citing himself as a success story of the program.
The recruitment exercise kicked off on Monday at Nyali sub-county with the exercise rotating to other sub-counties like Mvita on Tuesday,Kisauni on Wednesday,Changamwe on Thursday, Jomvu and Likoni on Friday.
The recruitment is targeting a total of 270 young people in the county 45 per sub-county.
Requirements to join the exercise include a minimum grade of D+ at the O levels, a certificate of good conduct and age bracket of 18-24.
Recruitment is done twice an year with successful recruits undergoing a 6 month training which encompasses basic life skills and skilled training.