New Hope for a stronger and better National Youth Service?
President Uhuru Kenyatta has shown his efforts towards leading the country on to give a new face to the National Youth Service after the major corruption scandals.
During the 2018 NYS pass out ceremony, Kenyatta stated that he has confidence in the NYS’ ability to support the realization of the Big 4 Agenda.
The President added that the National Youth Service has the most critical factor in production, as it has the capacity to train market-ready graduates who have the required skills.
The govt had plans to implement a raft of measures to reposition the National Youth Service to deliver on its mandate with a high sense of integrity as it empowers more youth. The measures at that point included the draft NYS Bill 2018, which provides for stronger structures for oversight in the NYS.
Earlier today at State House, Mombasa, the Head of State assented to seven Bills including the National Youth Service Bill 2018. The National Youth Service Act 2018 overhauls the National Youth Service Act, Cap. 208, by establishing the National Youth Service as a corporate entity, whose functions will now include the undertaking of enterprises and commercial activities.
PSCU highlights that this move is aimed at ensuring the National Youth Service is self-sustaining by enabling it to generate funds for its own use and operations.
The National Youth Service Act 2018, among other changes, establishes the Council of the National Youth Service which shall be headed by a chairperson appointed by the President, and which shall be responsible for policy formulation, oversight and the general administration of the Service.
In the efforts to end corruption in line to his legacy plan, President Uhuru Kenyatta on the 16th of November;reiterated that all those who have embezzled NYS funds will fully face the law.
The President firmly stated that individuals will not be allowed to pocket resources meant for empowering the country’s young people. President Kenyatta also said the government is determined to recover all the money looted from the National Youth Service and the culprits made to pay the price.
He also commended the National Youth Service saying that it is an institution that has energetic, intelligent, young men and women, ready to work.
“To meet the demands of the Big 4 Agenda, skilled men and women in the technical competencies are absolutely vital.” he concluded in his then speech