Various stakeholders and members of the public in Laikipia County have urged the counties to employ National Youth Service (NYS) graduates as county enforcement officers after undergoing the paramilitary training.
Speaking in Kalalu, Umande ward during a public participation forum by the national taskforce on improvement of the terms and conditions of service in the security sector, the stakeholders said the government needed to take advantage of the NYS officers’ skills for national building.
Laikipia East Critical Infrastructure Protection Unit (CIPU) commander David Omosa said that NYS officers could further be utilised in rehabilitation of key government infrastructures like roads and dams as opposed to outsourcing such skills which he noted NYS youth were well equipped with.
Omosa further pointed out that the government spent a lot of money in training the NYS officers which he said should be prioritised when opportunities arise.
The task force which was led by Principal administrative secretary interior Moffat Kangi, Laikipia County Commissioner Joseph Kanyiri and other local administrators also saw stakeholders and residents recommend good housing for security officers and allowances among other needs aimed at boosting their morale at work.
“The president saw it was important to incorporate NYS on the national task force on improvement of the terms and conditions of service and we are here to get your views on how to improve service delivery in NYS,” said Kangi.
Joseph Nyotu, Umande ward resident urged parents to enrol their children in NYS aimed at reducing crime rates attributed to idleness among the youth and at the same time recommended to the government to increase the number of opportunities in a bid to ensure no one is left out during the recruitment process.
The task force seeks to get views from the public across the country on how to improve conditions in the security agencies in the country as directed by President William Ruto.
By Muturi Mwangi