9,039 recruits graduated today at a passing out parade at the National Youth Service College in Gilgil. This was the second pass out parade to be conducted after the re branding of the programme.
The occasion was presided over by President Uhuru Kenyatta who congratulated the service men and women for successfully completing the highly demanding programme.
The graduands consisted of young men and women among them orphans and those living with disability. They will proceed to their national duty across the country where they will engage in various activities that include: dam and road construction; vector control; slum civil works, Huduma kitchens and agribusiness integrated enterprises.
The Cabinet Secretary for Public Service, Youth and Gender Affairs Sicily Kariuki said that under the youth re-socialization program, the graduands will be expected to mentor their brothers and sisters in our communities. So far, NYS has mentored 76,000 community youth. They will replace service men and women who passed out a year ago who will join vocational training institutions.
She noted that the youth empowerment programme was established to expand the opportunities available for the youth so that they can participate effectively in our country’s socio-economic space through a policy of transformation.
She observed that measures had been put in place to fulfil the high national expectation by the youth. Among the changes put in place include: review of all the National Youth Service training programs to cater for emerging challenges that affect our youth; restructuring and rationalization of all the programs and resources to improve service delivery; strengthening systems in financial, procurement and inventory management; and more importantly biometric registration of 76,000 youth engaged in community programs in order to safeguard and prudently account for public resources.
She was confident that these measures have put the NYS in a strengthened position to address some of the emergent challenges and it is expected to grow into a premier institution that has the confidence and trust of young people and the general public.
Present were Deputy President William Ruto, Cabinet Secretaries, Joe Mucheru, Judi Wakhungu, Principal Secretary for Public Service and Youth, Lilian Mbogo - Omolo, NYS Director-General Richard Ndubai, Nakuru County Governor Kinuthia Mbugua, among other senior government officials.