Buhari admits resource allocation hindering NYSC programme
As 2,251 corps members begin orientation in Kaduna
//Godwin Ekosin, Kaduna//
Nigerian President, Mohammadu Buhari Wednesday said his administration is aware of challenges confronting the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) including infrastructural deficit and dwindling resource allocation.
The management of the scheme has reschedule the 2016 batch ‘A’ activities severally as a result of non release of funds by the federal government. Commencement of the orientation has laid to rest the insinuation that President Buhari was planning to scrap the programme.
Buhari said he has been duly informed that those challenges have persisted due to monumental growth in graduate population and inadequate corresponding provision.
The President, who stated this yesterday in his address during the swearing in ceremony of 2016 batch ‘A’ Stream II Corps members, promised to tackle all obstacles militating against the scheme, adding that his administration is investing in Nigerian youth for a better Nigeria.
Buhari, whose address was to be delivered by Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, but eventually delivered by Commissioner for Youth, Sports and Culture, Daniel Dan Aura, urged corps members not to be dampened by challenges currently facing the country because they surmountable.
“Government is aware of the numerous challenges confronting NYSC such as Corps rejection, infrastructural deficit at the orientation camps, dwindling allocation of resources and so on.
“On the part of this administration, we are determined to make huge investment in youths. That is why this administration is anxious to recover illicit wealth to channel them into enduring economic rehabilitation. Very soon, the glooming situation would be reversed to put smiles on the faces of young people, ” the president assured.
He then urged corps members to embrace the prevailing palliative strategies put in place by public and private institutions.
Earlier, State Coordinator of NYSC, Mohammed Momoh, reminded the gathering that orientation course is q fundamental aspect of NYSC programme designed to prepare corps members for the service year.
He said the 21-day orientation course will afford the corps members to go through leadership training, para-military drills and self defence training is well as language tutorials for effective communication with their host communities where they would be posted after the orientation.
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