The Director-General (DG) of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Brig.-Gen. Shuaibu Ibrahim, has pledged Federal Government’s commitment to ensuring better support to improve entrepreneurship and skills training for corps members.
Ibrahim gave the assurance at the scheme’s 2019 Batch ‘B’ pre-mobilisation workshop, which held at the Nigeria National Merit Awards House, Maitama, in Abuja.
The theme for the 2019 Batch B pre-mobilisation workshop was, “Achieving Greater Efficiency in the NYSC Mobilisation Process: The Role of Stakeholders’’.
According the director-general, the Federal Government’s support would target improving the number of corps members participating in its Skills Acquisition and Entrepreneurship Development (SAED) Programme.
He disclosed that the move became necessary in efforts to increase the number of youths who are self-sufficient and employers of labour rather than relying on securing white collar jobs.
Assuring that the scheme would continue to prioritise the security and safety of all corps members during the service year, he said “The Federal Government has given us the assurance that we will receive all the support we need to increase corps members’ participation in the SAED programme.
“This is because we need more youths to be trained in various skill sets in order to be self-sufficient and employers of labour.
“In terms of security, we are always in touch with all security agencies; we ensure corps members everywhere are fully briefed on their security and the numbers of security personnel and organisations near them is distributed to them in case of emergencies.
“We have a policy on ground with respect to posting of corps members. Corps members are not posted to states that have security challenges.
“Corps members are also given the option of serving or not serving in states in the North-East. They choose whether they want to remain in those states or wish to be redeployed.
“This is because we have corps members who willingly and readily choose to serve in those states but any state we notice has security challenges, we do not post corps members there,’’ Ibrahim said.
He reiterated his commitment to achieving his five-point agenda for the scheme, including ensuring that the scheme remained fully technology-driven.
While declaring the workshop open, the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Malam Muhammad Bello, while declaring the pre-mobilisation workshop open, assured the scheme of the support of his administration towards improving facilities at the NYSC camp.
The minister, who was represented by Mrs Safiya Umar, the Secretary, Social Development Secretariat, FCTA, assured that the security and welfare of corps members deployed to the FCT would remain a top priority for the administration.
On her part, Mrs Nnenna Ukonu, the NYSC Director, Corps Mobilisation, noted that the workshop was held at the beginning of every mobilisation year to review the performance of previous exercise and identify challenges.
Nnenna said that this was done with a view to proffering solutions to the problems in order to achieve a seamless exercise in the future.
The workshop had in attendance stakeholders and heads of federal agencies including the National Universities Commission (NUC) and National Board for Technical Education (NBTE).
Others are the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) and all NYSC deployment and reschedule officers from the 36 states of the Federation, including the FCT.