President Muhammadu Buhari pledges to maintain and improve NYSC

President Muhammadu Buhari has pledged that his administration would 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, Rabi Jimeta.

He affirmed his confidence and trust in the programme, saying the objective for which the scheme was established in 1973 was still very relevant for national development.

In her brief, 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, saying the annual enrolment of corps participants had increased from 2,364 at inception in 1974 to 229,016 in 2014.

Also speaking at the briefing, the Director-General of NYSC, Brigadier-General 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.





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