Makinde asks NYSC to review scheme for relevance

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Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State has tasked the Governing Board of the National Youth Service Corps NYSC, to reform the scheme in line with modern realities.
Governor Makinde gave the advice while receiving the Governing Board of the scheme, led by its Chairman, Ambassador Fatimah Bala Abubakar, at the Government House, Agodi, Ibadan, on Friday.
The governor explained to the members of the NYSC governing board that the contemporary realities in the country made the call for a review of the programme more expedient.
Governor Makinde, speaking during the courtesy visit by the team, also pledged to continually support infrastructural drives at the NYSC Permanent Orientation Camp in Iseyin, Oyo State.
He stated his commitment towards ensuring that his administration continues to provide facilities that would make the permanent orientation camp conducive.
He said, “We believe so much in the NYSC programme. I never had the opportunity to go outside of this region until I went for my NYSC in 1990. The programme has brought a lot of people together and it has helped in fostering national unity.
“There should have been a lot of modifications to the programme, so, I will encourage the Governing Board to look at those things we can modernise so that the programme will remain relevant to our situation right now as opposed to when it was founded in 1973.
“I am aware of all of the things listed here as challenges because I have had the opportunity to meet with the NYSC state coordinator and she has made some requests. We are looking at them. We could not do some last year because it was obviously a tough year for everybody in this country and for the whole world.
“We hope to support NYSC in Oyo State, despite the pandemic and other challenges the state is being faced with and we will support them with some of their requests this year.”
Makinde noted further that the NYSC scheme has continued to be a source of personnel for the state, especially from the health and medical sector.
“I must add quickly that NYSC in Oyo State has been a source of personnel for the state, especially from the health and medical sector. They have played vital roles for us. So, we want to support them and ensure that all the protocols and requirements imposed on all of us by COVID-19, they are able to meet up and adjust their facilities accordingly,” he said.
He added that he directed the Commissioner for Finance to factor the NYSC into the state’s COVID-19 support funds, adding that his administration will continue to improve the standards of the NYSC in the state.
Earlier, the Chairman of NYSC Governing Board, said that the team was on a visit to inspect the state’s NYSC Permanent Orientation Camp.
She expressed appreciation on the state government’s interventions in improving the situation of the Camp, saying that the increment of Corps members allowance from N4,000 to N5,000 was a welcome development.
She equally commended Governor Makinde for approving the construction of additional hostel accommodation in the camp as well as approving the purchase of additional bunk beds and mattresses for use of corps members in the NYSC camp.
She, however, appealed to the government to assist in upgrading other facilities at the permanent orientation camp, as well as the office accommodation being used as the state secretariat of the NYSC.

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