Director-General of the National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, Brig-Gen. Sulaiman Kazaure has declared that there are no plans by the federal government to scrap the scheme.
The DG’s clarification came on the heels of rumours making the round that the federal government is going to scrap the scheme.
Kazaure, speaking during a courtesy visit to the Ebonyi State Governor David Umahi at the government house Abakaliki, described the NYSC scheme as a unifier. And that the scheme had continued to unite people of different tribes and that it remained a major force in the nation’s unity.
He admitted that despite the huge success recorded by the scheme, it’s still faced with some challenges.
On whether there was plan to increase Corps members’ allowances in view of the current high cost of living, he said” we are praying for that.
He said he was in the state to inspect the NYSC camp facilities and commended the state for co-operating with the scheme, he called for the continual partnership and appealed to the Governor to make the state allowances of Corps members regular.
He requested the state government to please relocate the school of Deaf and Dumb housed by the state’s NYSC camp as their presence at the camp was causing a lot of damage to their facilities.
Responding, Governor Umahi who was represented by his Deputy, Dr. Kelechi Igwe assured the Director-General of the government’s continuous support to the scheme.
He said despite the economic challenges facing the country which Ebonyi State was not an exception, the state government would always assist the scheme as possible as it could.
He urged the Director-General to advise the corps members posted to the state to respect the laws of the land and also, be ready to embrace the policy of “operation go to farm of Ebonyi State government.
Source:: Nigerian Pilot