Youths ascribing their troubles to unemployment have lost focus, a youth activist has said.
Omar Chai, Mombasa youth’s activist urged youths to be creative and initiate their own employment opportunities instead of living in desperation for lack of employment.
Chai who also heads ‘Kadzandani Creative Youths Organisation’ a Kisauni based youth group said youths have for so long suffered unemployment and they should no longer beg but create, develop and expand their own vacancies and absorb their peers.
He said despite having many opportunities right at their door steps youths have ignored such opportunities believing employment is the only way out of their economic tribulations.
He said such notions have caused hopelessness among the youths who have now resorted into crime, drugs and extremism.
“Using our own God given talents we can create and grow employment opportunities for our peers,” he said.
According to Chai, youths need assistance from the county government and guided to the right path so that they can use the available resources and opportunities.
“Mombasa county youth department has failed to impart the right information about the revolving fund, many youths have applied and reapplied but in vain,” added Mr. Chai.
He said most youths are in state of desperation because of ineffective officers manning the revolving fund and the Youth enterprise development fund.
“Youths are being blamed for not applying for the fund but none of the officers in charge has taken any step to equip the youths with investment knowledge, how are we suppose to handle such money?” he posed.
Chai urged Mombasa political leaders to engage the youths in development programs and stop using and misusing them for political gains.
He also appealed to his peers to embrace self reliance instead of blaming the government.