The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) on Wednesday said the establishment of a Trust Fund for the Scheme will address the soaring unemployment level and other socio-economic issues bedeviling Nigeria.
Director-General of the NYSC, Brig-Gen Shuaibu Ibrahim stated this at the opening ceremony of the 2021 annual management conference with the theme, “The NYSC As A Catalyst For National Unity, Integration And Peaceful Co-existence In Nigeria,” in Abuja yesterday.
The conference is a forum where top management and other officers take stock of activities of the scheme with a view to mapping out strategies and programs that would unite the achievements and tackle identified challenges for improved operations.
The DG said it was the desire of the management to find solutions to the myriad of challenges facing the Scheme that informed the decision of representatives of state governments, the Federal Capital Territory Administration, and the Association of Local Governments of Nigeria, to strongly advocate the establishment of the National Youth Service Corps Trust Fund.
The NYSC boss said: “I would like to once again make a passionate appeal to the relevant authorities to assist in actualizing the proposed Fund.
“I wish to use this opportunity to appreciate the Federal Government’s continuous support, especially through the prompt release of funds to the Scheme. I also extend our gratitude to the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development, the Federal Capital Territory Administration, and the NYSC National Governing Board for their encouragement and support.”
The director-general further noted that despite its accomplishments, the Scheme is faced with operational challenges occasioned by dilapidated camp facilities, inadequate office accommodation for State Secretariats, and non-fulfillment of statutory responsibilities by some stakeholders, amongst others.
Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Muhammad Bello who was represented by the acting Secretary, Social Development Secretariat, Dr. Kelvin Ike commended the current management of the NYSC for its commitment to ensuring that the scheme sustains its relevance.