WE’LL DO ALL WITHIN OUR POWERS TO MAINTAIN NYSC FOR NATIONAL UNITY – PRESIDENT BUHARI

President Muhammadu Buhari Wednesday in
Abuja pledged that his administration will
take all necessary actions to maintain and
improve the National Youth Service Corps
(NYSC) programme as a functional vehicle for
the promotion of national unity and
integration.
President Buhari gave the assurance after
receiving a briefing from officials of the
Federal Ministry of Youth Development led by
the Permanent Secretary, Mrs. Rabi Jimeta.
The President affirmed his confidence and
trust in the programme, saying that the
objective for which the scheme was
established in 1973 was still very relevant for
national development now.
“I firmly believe in NYSC and I think it should
remain a national programme to promote
integration.
“Whenever I go home to Daura, I look out for
Corps members from Lagos, Aba and other
parts of the country.
“I am always thrilled to learn that except for
the NYSC, some of them have never left their
states of origin to visit other cities in the
country,” President Buhari said.
Mrs. Jimeta told the President that the
increasing number of NYSC participants posed
a challenge to the scheme due to the
dwindling revenue, from the national budget,
to cater for their needs.
She told the President that the annual
enrolment of corps participants had increased
from 2,364 at inception in 1974 to 229,016 in
2014.
“Given the increasing number of tertiary
institutions, our projection is that the number
of corps participants may rise to 300,000 by
year 2020,’’ she said.
The Director-General of NYSC, Brigadier-Gener
al Johnson Olawumi, told the President that
there were plans to make the scheme
voluntary and reduce the corps population to
make the programme more sustainable.
Femi Adesina
Special Adviser to the President
(Media & Publicity)

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