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Thursday, January 7, 2016

Why FG Wants to Expand NYSC Scheme Instead of Scrapping It - Minister Explains

Solomon Dalong has given clear reasons why the government has decided to expand National Youth Service Scheme after calls for it to be scrapped was ignored.

The Minister of Youth Development and Sports, Mr. Solomon Dalong, has said the Federal Government plans to expand the National Youth Service Corps scheme and why. He revealed that Federal Government plans to include skill acquisition and entrepreneurial training that would help graduates who passed out from the scheme to be able to start up something after the scheme.

The minister revealed this on Tuesday during an inspection tour of the Lagos State NYSC orientation camp in the Iyana Ipaja area of the state. Dalong said, “Apart from the basic orientation programme, the NYSC scheme should also move into including professional and enterprising programmes to support and motivate those who would not want to embrace public services in the country.

“After the mandatory one-year service, the Federal Government is planning an extension, to professionally train interested corps members in skill acquisition, enterprising and professional programmes.

“Corps members with keen interest would be retained and some financial token given to them as start-up capital in furtherance of their skill.

“This is because due to our research, we found out that people abandon school due to uncertainty of the future. Hence, we believe this would help reduce the unemployed graduate ratio and curtail pressure on white-collar job as a means to win the war against poverty.”

He explained that graduates who received additional training after the mandatory one-year service would be provided with a start-up capital at the end of the training. He said the Federal Government has no plan of scrapping the scheme as it has not only enhanced the socio-cultural and ethnic integration in the country, it has also promoted national unity.

“We cannot dismiss the gains of the NYSC scheme in integrating Nigeria; I will stand firmly for the sustenance of the system, to continue in its capacity-building of Nigeria citizens because, it is an indispensable aspect of diversifying our culture,” he said.

Dalong expressed satisfaction with the state of the Lagos NYSC orientation camp, and thanked the Lagos State government for its support for the scheme.

The Director-General of NYSC, Brig. Gen. Johnson Bamidele Olawumi, expressed gratitude to the minister for his visit and promised that his administration would do its best to uplift the NYSC scheme towards the economic growth and development of the country.

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