Lamu youth have criticised the national government for side-lining them in various employment opportunities in the county.
They said despite big national projects being implemented in the county they have not been considered.
The youth said despite having all the required experience and qualifications, they have been ignored.
Led by youth activist Yunus Isaack Ahmed, they said the promises have just remained promises to date.
Mr. Ahmed said Lamu youth are living in poverty without any source of income.
According to Ahmed any project being implemented in Lamu County should prioritise local youth.
“Whether it’s being implemented by the national or the county government the local youth should be considered,” Ahmed reiterated.
He said the county has minimal resources and companies, adding that if the youth are ignored they will indulge in drug use and crime.
“Where do you want us to go when you deny us even the small employment opportunities available? You are truly doing a desservice to Lamu youth,” he told the government.
The national government is implementing various infrastructural projects in Lamu.
Among the projects are the mega LAPSSET project, the Garsen-Witu- Lamu highway among other developmental projects.
Meanwhile, Ahmed has scoffed at the Lamu County government for denying the youth the 30 percent of the county tenders.
He said despite the national government announcement that 30% of all the tenders should benefit the youth, women and person’s with disabilities, Lamu county government has ignored such directive.
“However, we are not relenting on this until we get what rightfully belongs to us,” charged Ahmed.
He urged Lamu youth to work in unison to fight for their space in various developmental sectors in the county.