The Director-General of the National Youth Service Corps, Brig-Gen. Dogara Ahmed disclosed that the scheme has received an average of 350,000 Corps members yearly to promote national unity.
He revealed this while delivering the 5th Convocation Lecture of the Edo State University, Uzairue, titled “Harnessing the Potentials of the Nigerian Youths for National Unity and Development.”
Represented by Ladan Baba, NYSC Director in Charge of the South-South Zone, Ahmed claimed that the scheme is the largest youth organization in Africa and has continued to enhance participants’ understanding of Nigeria’s diversity.
“The NYSC was established as a deliberate Public Policy to ensure the realization of the government’s post-war strategy of Reconciliation, Reconstruction, and Rehabilitation (RRR).
“NYSC is a significant step towards youth engagement and mandates qualified graduates of tertiary institutions to participate in a one-year service program to foster national unity and community development,” he said.
He further stated that NYSC will maintain an equitable distribution of service corps to achieve its objectives, adding that corps members are assigned to work in states other than their states of origin.
The Director-General emphasized that the scheme has contributed significantly to education development by posting corps members to schools nationwide as teachers.
However, the NYSC boss called on state governments to fulfill their statutory responsibilities to the scheme in the provision, maintenance, and upgrading of camp facilities. Top of Form