Director General of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Brigadier General Shuaibu Ibrahim, has emphasised the need for the establishment of the much talked about NYSC Trust Fund
Brigadier General Ibrahim stated this when he hosted the Yoruba Youth Parliament, National Association of Yoruba Students and Oodua Youth Council, stated that the fund if established will in joining small enhance the stability of Corp members with start up fund for self reliance
He added that Corp Members are agents of change and peaceful co-existence in their various place of Primary Assignments.
The DG, according to a statement issued by the Corps Director Press and Public Relations, Adenike Adeyemi said the NYSC Scheme introduced Skill Acquisition and Entrepreneurship Development Programme into its Orientation Course Content in order to empower Corps Members with vocational skills that would make them business owners.
The DG added that “Corps Members that acquire these skills and are very serious do get loans from the Bank of Industry, Access Bank, NYSC Foundation, Central Bank of Nigeria, Unity Bank among others”.
“NYSC was established to promote National Unity and integration”.
“We can’t pursue integration alone without skills, with integration, there would be unity, with unity, there would be peace, and when there is peace, there would be development”.
He appealed for the establishment of NYSC Trust Fund where all Corps Members that are Passing-Out would be enabled to access start-up capital to start their business vocations
“Help us to also educate Nigerians to support our cause so that Corps Members would be more comfortable during the Orientation Course and also help to maintain the facilities at the Orientation Camp”.
“Use the Social Media to promote national unity and integration. Use the Social Media wisely, avoid cyber crimes, avoid the use of hard drugs among other vices “.
“Let the spirit of NYSC live in you, and continue to propagate the message of unity of our country”, he said..
Speaking through the leader of Yoruba Youth Council, Mr Adeyeye Olugbenga during a courtesy visit to NYSC National Directorate Headquarters in Abuja today, the groups said the Scheme has been an enabler of youth development with different activities that would enhance self reliance among Corps Members.
“We are here to appreciate you for the impact you have made on Nigerian youths regardless of tribal and religious differences”.
“All of us are supposed to come together and think on how to enhance the operations of the Scheme”.
Adeleye promised to advocate for the continuity of the NYSC Scheme, so that it can positively affect more lives with Government’s attention.