Corps members abscondment, others threaten NYSC mandate— DG


The National Youth Service Corp (NYSC) has sued for the support of stakeholders towards restoring the mandate of the scheme.

It said the rejection of corps members either by default or delay in issuance of monthly clearance and aiding corps absconment, thereby derailing the core objectives of the 48-year-old scheme.

Brig.-General Shaibu Ibrahim, the Director-General of NYSC made tgis known during corps employers workshop on Wednesday in Benin.

Ibrahim who was representative by the Director of legal in the scheme, Bar. Ahmed Tijani, also lamented lack of provision of statutory welfare of corps members among others.

He said employers are expected to make some statutory welfare provision for the corps members serving with them during their service year.

He warned that employers have no authority to approve leave or movement of corps members outside their state of deployment.

According to him, due to the non availability of white collar job, NYSC has established entrepreneurial scheme so that corps members can acquire skills and be self employed.

In a remark, Mrs. Abiodun Olubukola, the Edo State Coordinator of the scheme, also urged the corps employers to always furnish the scheme whenever a sick leave is given to any corps members for proper documentation and record keeping.

One of the participants, Kenwe Modupe, urged employers not to see themselves as boss but as leaders who should be able to guide corps members to make their service year worth while.

The theme of the workshop was ‘optimizing the NYSC/Corps employers partnership for national development in the context of the new normal was chosen to emphasize the collective roles towards sustaining the impact of the scheme’.

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