Wednesday, 12 February 2014

Governor Of Niger State, Babangida Aliyu Wants NYSC Scheme To Be Extended

Governor of Niger State, Babangida Aliyu, on Monday requested that the National Youth Service Corps year be extended from the current 12 months period to 18 months period in order to sustain the values derivable from the scheme.

Aliyu made the call when he received the Director-General of the NYSC, Brig.-Gen. Johnson Olawunmi, who paid him a visit at the Government House in Minna.

"There is the need for the service year to be extended from 12 months to 18 months to give more room for the corps members to be exposed to more training so that Nigerians can appreciate the NYSC scheme instead of criticising it," the governor said.

He suggested that the DG should look into some lapses already discovered in the operation of the scheme, especially the establishment of fake NYSC camps and the incidence of corps members evading the service after inducing officials.

He said, "Nigeria is not bad, no matter the challenges we are facing. Nigeria is doing well, no matter the conditions we are in; we are doing better than most nations.

"We must bring back the original concept, the original plan of the founding fathers of the NYSC."

 The governor said that those that failed to participate in the service should be sanctioned so that all youths would mandatorily participate in the programme. He announced that his administration would  construct a new orientation camp for the NYSC in the state.

Olawunmi had told the governor that he was impressed with what he had seen at the temporary NYSC camp at Paiko, Niger State.

He told Aliyu that as part of efforts to check the proliferation of  NYSC camps and fake NYSC members, the corps had commenced the computerisation of its activities. He said that very soon information about corps members would be received at the shortest notice.

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