Previous scandals at the National Youth Service have continued to haunt the organization, with parliament doubting its capacity to prudently manage allocated resources.
NYS Director General Matilda Sakwa speaking at the proposed NYS camp in Ugunja Sub County lamented that the past mistakes have cost the organization a lot in terms of budgeting, but expressed confidence that the trend was slowly changing with the new leadership at the helm.
Sakwa said that the current leadership has vowed not to repeat the mistakes and was working towards winning back the public trust.
“NYS is not about those scandals. There are so many nice things about it,” she said during the Friday occasion that was graced by among others, Ugunja Member of Parliament Opiyo Wandayi.
She called on parents and other guardians to send their children to the NYS, adding that after their paramilitary training, the government sponsors them through technical and vocational training.
On his part, Wandayi called on the government to introduce a policy that would make it mandatory for any Kenyan youth attaining 18 years to undergo NYS training.
The MP said such a policy will not only help the country have a battalion of disciplined youth, but will also equip young Kenyans with skills to make them useful members of the society.
Wandayi said there was need to expand the NYS and increase its capacity and budget to enable it play its intended role in the society.
“As we speak, NYS is still a sleeping giant. It needs to be woken up through resources and capacity enhancement so that it can continue to support our youth and society in general,” said the MP, who also chairs the public accounts committee in the national assembly.