The UNC National Youth Arm strongly suspects political discrimination by the PNM in the Ministry of Youth and National Development’s Youth Agricultural Homestead Programme (YAHP) that has recently been announced.
The Youth Arm has noticed that some youth from a certain geographical area and political partyseem to have better luck getting into the programme than others during the last cohort of this programme.
They are demanding an explanation from the Ministry why this apparent bias existed, along with data about the land distribution.
Despite the Ministry’s claims that the YAHP is open to all youth between the ages of 18-35 who have at least 2 cxc passes and an interest in agriculture, the National Youth Arm have a suspicion that there’s more to it than meets the eye. We hope that the National Youth Arm is mistaken.
They said it’s inconceivable that the Ministry would deliberately overlook qualified applicants just because they happen to live in a UNC constituency. That would be ridiculous!
“These are State resources and not PNM resources. We remind the PNM of this fact.
In any case, the National Youth Arm invites all youth between the ages of 18-35 who meet the eligibility requirements to apply to this programme, even if you think you might not be the Ministry’s “type”. If any young person needs help with the application process, the National Youth Arm is here for you.”
The National Youth Arm said it is happy to lend a hand to anyone who wants to apply and give the YAHP a shot.
The UNC National Youth Arm is always on the lookout for opportunities to support our youth and will be monitoring the YAHP to make sure that this cohort’s selection is fair and transparent. The National Youth Arm wants to make it clear that this press release serves as a formal notice to the ministry that we will not sit back and watch discrimination of any kind, whether geographical or political to occur.