The Director General, National Youth Service Corps Brig. Gen. Dogara Ahmed, says poor quality graduates, corps members relocation racketeering, inadequate facilities, wrong submission of graduates’ data, among others are affecting the scheme.
Speaking while delivering a lecture titled ‘Harnessing the Potential of the Nigerian Youths for National Unity and Development’ at the 5th convocation lecture of the Edo State University, Uzairue, on Friday, the DG, who was represented by the NYSC Director, South South Zone, Ladan Baba, said the service mobilized an average of 350,000 corps members annually for the promotion of national unity and development.
According to him, despite the scheme’s numerous achievements, it is still faced with some challenges which also include poor infrastructure and submission of wrong data of graduates.
The DG called on the state governments to live up to their statutory responsibilities to the scheme in the provision, maintenance and upgrading of camp facilities in their domains, noting that the NYSC had contributed to the development of education with corps members serving as teachers in primary, secondary and tertiary institutions.
He also noted that they constituted the major manpower especially in the rural communities, and are also involved in the areas of health sector, agriculture, NYSC ventures, general elections, national census, skill acquisition and entrepreneurship developments.