The new Director-General of National Youth Service (NYS) Matilda Pamela Aleyo Sakwa has been sworn in at a ceremony attended by President Uhuru Kenyatta.
The President called on her to transform the agency into a training institution that effectively delivers on its mandate.
The President told Sakwa to ensure that NYS reclaims its position in national development by equipping the youth with adequate skills and expertise to enable them to contribute to nation-building.
“You are a person with experience in the management of public resources and also in public service and administration. I have confidence that you will deliver not only to the Government but also to the people of Kenya.
“You have the capacity to take this organization to the next level,” the President told Ms Sakwa.
As part of her swearing-in, the new Director-General took the oath of office and signed the General Integrity Code and the Accountability Pledge committing herself to discharge her duties according to the law without fear or favour.
The President observed that NYS has in the past failed to deliver on its mandate due to challenges of integrity and weak leadership, and tasked Ms Sakwa to rebuild the trust, confidence and faith of Kenyans in the institution.
“I have never failed to believe in this organization as an instrument of transformation of our Republic and of our young people,” the President said as he assured the new Director-General of his support.
He said the ongoing reforms at NYS including the set up of the management council led by Lt. Gen (Rtd) Njuki Mwaniki are aimed at strengthening the institution to make it more accountable and transparent.