Nigeria: DG expounds the relevance of NYSC to national integration and cohesion
The Director General, National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Brigadier General Shuaibu Ibrahim on Thursday explained that the relevance of the Scheme in the integration and National cohesion of the country cannot be underestimated.
He said the NYSC had been serving as a tool for the socio-economic development of the country through the deployment of Corps Members to States outside their State of origin, where they contribute their quota by making positive impact in the lives of their host communities through the execution of different laudable projects.
Ibrahim, who stated this in his office in Abuja added that, “NYSC is germane and critical to the unity of the country.
“NYSC is not a waste of time, wherever Corps Members are posted to, they have been adding value in order to be remembered with good legacies.”
He said NYSC Management had partnered with the security agencies in the country in order to ensure adequate protection for Corps Members during the service year.
He added that Corps Members were always sensitised in camp on the need to be security conscious, not indulging in late night movements and other risky adventures like overnight travelling.
He counseled the Corps Members and prospective Corps Members to break any journey that will take them beyond 6pm.
He said, “Security is everybody’s business and security challenge is not limited to NYSC alone.
“We want to appeal to parents to help us also sensitise their children not to endanger their safety. Every country has challenges but we should turn our challenge into opportunities.”
Speaking on youth empowerment, the Director-General said NYSC Management in 2012 introduced Skill Acquisition and Entrepreneurship Development Programme into Orientation Course Content which had enabled thousands of Corps Members to acquire vocational skills.
He stated further that the partnership between the Scheme and its stakeholders like the Bank of Industry, Central Bank of Nigeria, Access Bank among others, which offer soft loans to Corps Members had turned many of them to employers of labour and wealth creators today.
The DG also reiterated his call for the establishment of National Youth Service Trust Fund where a certain percentage of the proceeds from private organisations would be used to upgrade and maintain Orientation Camp facilities, while Corps Members would also be given a certain amount at the end of their service year to start their business vocations.
He commended the State Governments that had been performing their statutory responsibility of the provision, maintenance and upgrade of camp facilities, while calling on others lagging behind to be alive to their responsibilities.
General Ibrahim reiterated that the NYSC Scheme had a good posting/deployment policy based on extant guidelines and regulations.
He said, “Posting, redeployment and other services are free in NYSC. Relocaction is done on health and marital grounds with genuine reasons.
“Parents should teach their children to be patriotic and have human feeling. Let the spirit of NYSC be in us for the betterment of our country.”
He charged Corps Members and the prospective ones not to waste the service year, but rather improve themselves, as well as add value to their host communities, in line with the motto of the NYSC, Service and Humility for which they will be remembered by posterity.