A strategic report by the Nigeria Good Governance Group in the assessment of the activities of the NYSC scheme, under the present administration structure head by Brigadier General Shuaibu Ibrahim (2019-Date) for public presentation on Tuesday May 25, 2021
The National Youth Service Corps, is a scheme set up by the Nigerian government to involve Nigerian graduates in nation-building and the country’s development it was established on 22 May 1973, to foster national unity and cohesion.
The scheme is also targeted to be that course of action for the reconciliation, reconstruction and rebuilding of the nation after the civil war through the proper encouragement and development of common ties among the youths of Nigeria and the promotion of national unity.
Recently, there have been clamours regarding the Scheme’s usefulness in promoting national unity in the country. This much has resulted in to the call in some quarters for the scrapping of the Scheme.
The Nigeria good governance group, which is a alliance of 20 CSOs in accomplishment of its mandate of monitoring accountability and transparency in governance, undertook a strategic assessment of the NYSC under the present administration with a view highlighting its progress.
The progress as recorded in the years under review with regards to promoting national unity amongst the youths in the country
This assessment report was assigned to covering of the inspection and verification to bring about a high level of objectivity and the actual state of affairs with the operations of the Scheme in the years under review (2019-date).
It depend on direct information sourced from credible sources through interviews with relevant stakeholders that includes but not limited to both serving and past corps members, community leaders, religious institutions, and parents and guardians.
The influence of the NYSC scheme, in national development, the report inspect the influence of the NYSC on national development.
It was reveals that the NYSC scheme, under the administration Brigadier General Shuaibu Ibrahim has been persistent in inducing corps members with the spirit of unity through a strict posting policy that ensures that corps members are posted to localities where they haven’t been to before in their lives.
This much saw to a posting policy that is devoid of favoritism and preferential treatment, which was the norm and almost marred the smooth operations of the Scheme.
It was discover that the posting policy indeed make sure that corps members contributed positively in their places of primary assignment across the country.
This can be seen in the NYSC Foundation activities that are set to launch the new Youth Empowerment initiatives to assist serving and ex-Corps Members the opportunity to make use of their talents and harness their potentials in promoting the socio-economic development of the country.
It was bring to light that the NYSC administration placed a superior quality on building entrepreneurship amongst corps members by developing entrepreneurship skills amongst corps members.
For instance, NYSC partnered Leventis Foundation on agric training for corps members as part of its commitment to ensuring that Corps Members are empowered with skills and other incentives that would reduce graduate unemployment and increase food sufficiency in the country.
The National Youth Service Corps has also unfolded its plan to partner with the national council for arts and culture to improve its revenue drive and empower corps members who are talented in arts and culture.
This is in addition to establishing the NYSC National Cultural Troupe and NYSC Cultural Festival, which are avenues for Corps Members to showcase their talents and promote the rich cultural heritage of the country.
It was discover that the welfare and safety of corps members had taken center stage through the introduction of improved welfare packages for corps members.
This report was able to identify that corps members have never had it good in the years under review as there are in place mechanisms to ensure that corps members are adequately taken care of during their service year.
Relevant investors across the board confirm this much.
According to findings, the director general NYSC scheme, read a riot act to staffers upon assumption of office on the necessity of transparency and accountability in their official conduct.
This, it was observed, led to an improvement in the productivity level of staffers and the attendant smooth operations of the activities of the Scheme.
It suffices to mention that the DG has been exceptional in this regard as he has led by example. This much is responsible for the level of commitment and compliance to the overarching objective of promoting national unity.
This report was able to identify that the NYSC director general has provided exceptional leadership since the assumption of office.
This much was identified through interactions with relevant investors, who commended on the administrating style of the director general of NYSC, that is hinged on enviable level transparency and accountability.
The director general has been able to galvanize support from critical stakeholders for the NYSC by signing MOUs in critical areas such as agriculture, health, and education. He has also provided exemplary leadership through the introduction of institutional reforms in the operations of NYSC.
The Nigeria good governance group, as a result of this assessment, concludes that the NYSC leadership led by Brigadier General Shuaibu Ibrahim has been exceptional in introducing reforms that have positioned the NYSC for greater efficiency.
Thus, it is a statement that Brigadier General Shuaibu Ibrahim has provided credible leadership in the NYSC since he assumed leadership.
The Nigeria good governance group, as a result of the findings from this report, recommends that there is a need for the relevant stakeholders in Nigeria to rally support for the NYSC.
Especially in this critical point of our existence that is occasioned by threats to the continued peace and tranquillity in the country by some unpatriotic elements amongst us that are bent on seeing to the disintegration of the country.
It is our considered opinion that given the notable achievements recorded in the NYSC in the years under review, it is imperative to state that it behoves on the leadership of the NYSC not to rest on its oars.
The task at hand requires more proactive measures towards ensuring that the NYSC continues to contribute to the socio-economic development of Nigeria in ways too numerous to mention.
Signed: Dr. Thomas Uzah National Coordinator.