You Are On Your Own- NYSC DG

Brigadier General Johnson Olawumi, the Director General of the National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, on Wednesday said Corps members who wants to be posted or is currently serving in any of the three troubled states of Adamawa, Yobe and Borno is on his or her own.

Corps Members on parade

*Corps Members on parade 

The DG, who made this known in Calabar, while speaking at the annual Management Conference of the NYSC tagged: “evolving dynamic operational strategies to tackle present challenges in the NYSC”, said the conference which is in tune with current insecurity challenges facing the country was aimed at improving on the service delivery of the Corps.

“The NYSC scheme no doubt in the past 41 years has faced a lot of challenges including inadequate orientation camp facilities, non-fulfillment of statutory obligation by some critical stakeholders and security issues it is therefore with a view to overcoming these challenges that makes this year’s theme apt for the annual conference” he said.

Brigadier Olawumi recalled that the Corps had since suspended the posting of corps members to the three North East states because insecurity in that region has claimed the lives of many Corps members.   

He further explained that the annual Management Conference is an opportunity for top management and staff of the scheme to take stock and appraise critical operations of the scheme taking into cognizance its mandate and service charter.

“The Conference gives room for expressions of opinion and generation of new ideas with ultimate aim of surmounting whatever challenges that are facing the scheme” Brigadier Olawumi said.

In his remark, the Chairman NYSC Governing Board, Gordon Bozimo, stated that since the inauguration of the board a year ago, there have been constructive engagements of state governments for sustainable development of physical infrastructure at the orientation camps and provision of other statutory support which many states have also responded positively to.

According to him, the Board is planning a review of the Corps Insurance policy scheme aimed at making it more sensitive and responsive in the delivery of services to corpers.    

Responding, Efiok Cobham, the Deputy Governor of Cross River State, who represented Governor Liyel Imoke, at the occasion disclosed that the state was the highest employer of serving corps members in the country due to its believe in rewarding dedicated and loyal corps members.

He said the scheme which is forty one years should go beyond its original concept of national integration and embrace advance strategies that would make it more beneficial to the people and the communities corps members are serving.  

Cobham , who also lauded the scheme’s skill, acquisition programme, expressed believe that it would meet the needs of current challenges of unemployment and promised the scheme of the undying support and partnership of the state government.

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