NAIROBI, Kenya Dec 19 –More than 10,000 recruits will graduate from the National Youth Service (NYS) college on Tuesday.
The graduation from the Gilgil College will be presided over by President Uhuru Kenyatta.
Public Service, Youth and Gender Affairs Cabinet Secretary Sicily Kariuki said the pass out parade will include 7,903 male and 2,848 female recruits who have successfully completed their training.
The recruits under the Youth Empowerment Programme are expected to be deployed to undertake the constructions of dams roads, vector control units, slum civil works, traffic control as well as agriculture units.
This will be the second pass out parade in 2016, the first having been held in April, 2016 where 9,031 recruits graduated, bring the 2016 total of graduates to nearly 20,000 young men and women.
After graduation, the NYS Servicemen and Servicewomen, as they will now be known, will move to various areas of National Service for four to six months before progressing to Vocational Training at various academic institutions across the country.
“The young men and women who will be graduating at this Pass Out reflect the face of Kenya. They are highly motivated and patriotic Kenyans,” CS Kariuki under whose ministry the department falls said, “We are proud of these young men and women and we believe that after graduation and as they go through National Service, they will be role models for their peers in the counties.”
Before the Pass Out parade, President Kenyatta is expected to tour and unveil 10 new barracks at the NYS Gilgil College with a capacity to house 9,000 recruits.
“The new barracks at Gilgil will increase the capacity of NYS to take in more recruits and therefore have the ability to empower more young men and women,” the CS said.
The youth service projects are embroiled in a major storm following the Sh791 million scandal orchestrated by top government officials—some of who are already facing charges in court.