- The federal government will soon announce an upward review of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) members allowance
- The NYSC DG, Brigadier General Suleiman Kazaure, also announced the provision of tight security around corps members deployed to serve as ad-hoc staff
- Kazaure challenged corps members to utilize the opportunities of the service year to empower themselves
Brigadier General Suleiman Kazaure, the director-general of National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), said the federal government will soon announce an upward review of corps members allowances from the current N19,800, Leadership reports.
Kazaure made this known at the weekend in Kaiama community of Kolokuma/Opokuna local government council area, while addressing 1,595 corps members comprising of 852 males and 743 Females, deployed for 2018 Batch “B” Orientation Course.
NAIJ.com gathered that Brig. Gen. Kazaure also announced the provision of tight security around corps members deployed to serve as ad-hoc staff during the 2019 general election, assuring them of safety during the polls.
The NYSC DG challenged corps members to utilize the opportunities of the service year to empower themselves towards becoming wealth creators.
According to Kazaure, the NYSC introduced Skills Acquisition and Entrepreneurship Development programme into the orientation course content in order to enable corps members become job creators and not job seeker.
He said the era of salaried jobs which had gone has rendered millions of youths unemployed across the country.
The NYSC boss said diligence, loyalty, patriotism and self-determination are essential ingredients that every potential successful entrepreneur must abide with.
Speaking further, Kazaure urged the corps members to add value to their host communities by providing their felt needs through developmental projects.
“Don’t leave your host communities at the end of the service year without adding value to them. Try and leave good legacies and also remember to add value to yourselves as you continue your service year," he said.
The Bayelsa state coordinator, Bolade Lotto, earlier on in her speech, called on the state government to complete the proposed Permanent Orientation Camp because the present camp is an existing secondary school that lacks some basic amenities.
She commended the Commander, Headquarters 16 Brigade, Nigerian Army Elebele and the Branch Controller, Central Bank of Nigeria, Yenagoa, for supplying water to the camp on daily basis.
In a previous report by NAIJ.com, a bill seeking to amend the National Youth Service Corps Act to allow corps members modify the NYSC uniform in order to accommodate their religious belief, has been struck out by the Senate.
Corps members would have been allowed to wear skirts or hijabs, among others, if the bill had been passed.
While leading the debate for the second reading at the plenary on Wednesday, March 7, the sponsor of the bill, Senator Emmanuel Bwacha (PDP-Taraba South), said the proposed amendment sought to amend sections 13 and 16 of the principal Act.
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