By Hassan Galadinma, Abuja
The Director General of the National Youth Service corps, Brig Gen. Sule Zakari Kazaure has said that his administration will give continues priority to the welfare of staff and cops members for better service delivery. The Director General also called on the media to be agents of social mobilization.
Kazaure stated this when he hosted the media on an interactive session last week. He said ‘one major responsibility of the NYSC is corps member’s welfare’. Kazaure says despite the challenges, the scheme has begun working out ways to ensure that as much prospective corps members left for the 2016 are mobilized
Gen. Kazaure also says “In the 2016 budget, provision was made for the mobilisation of a total of 210,000 corps members. However, the figure for both 2016 Batch ‘A’ and Batch ‘B’ has more than doubled the original projection. “Like we did before the 2016 Batch ‘A’ orientation course, we have appealed to government for special intervention grant to mop up excess of this figure. “So far, we have received the green light from the relevant government agencies to prepare for the mobilisation of all qualified prospective corps members. “However, the limited cumulative capacity of the orientation camps nationwide necessitates a second stream orientation course for the 2016 Batch ‘B’ which is planned for January 2017,”
He commended President Muhammadu Buhari for his personal intervention and some state governors for their support toward promoting national unity and development. The director-general, however, appealed to defaulting states, local government councils and NGOs to support the NYSC in delivering its national development objectives, pointing out that lack of support remain the biggest challenge of the scheme. According to him, this attitude is most glaring in the limited capacity and quality of facilities in most orientation camps across the country; hence the inability of the corps to accommodate more than 78,000 in one orientation course. He therefore called on all state and local governments to wake up to their responsibilities of assisting the scheme in the provision of orientation camp facilities and post-camp accommodation and transport of corps members.
Kazaure listed other responsibilities to include logistics support for inspection of corps locations, material support for Community Development Service (CDS) and security of corps members during the service year. This notwithstanding, the director-general disclosed that the corps is collaborating with about 12 organisations and agencies to deliver its mandate on national development. Similarly, he said that the scheme had trained more than 600,000 corps members on various skills to be self-reliant in agriculture for food security.
The Presidential awardees have been granted automatic employment into Federal Civil Service in addition to cash donations. Besides, the director-general said that more than 300,000 rural communities have benefitted from the NYSC medical outreach conducted in October 2015, among other achievements.
Mrs Aderibigbe, Director of Press, however, appealed to the media to be ethical and principles of objectivity especially in handling issues affecting the scheme to avert the negative reporting of National interest.