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Minister of Youth Development says NYSC will NOT be Cancelled





Solomon Dalong, Minister of Youth, Sports and Social Development, said on Tuesday in Lagos that the Federal Government would sustain the National Youths Service Corps (NYSC) scheme.

Dalong stated this when he paid an official visit to the NYSC Orientation Camp at Iyana-Ipaja, in Lagos State.
He said, ” I will stand for the sustenance of the scheme and that it should continue to grow. What we need to do now is introduce skills acquisition, empowerment; we need to now repackage the scheme.

At the level of the Federal Government, we are thinking of after the mandatory one year service, those who want to learn a trade, skills acquisition and entrepreneurship can be retained and be given more training. Our graduates are enlightening minds, whatever you teach them, they will survive with it. So a grant will be given to them at the end to start off and train other people. he said.

Dalong charged the NYSC to install a high tension illuminating light at the camp, to ensure adequate security.

“You should have high tension Illumination at the camp, as soon as possible. If you have over 2,000 Nigerians in a place like this, you should have a perfect illumination due to the present security challenges in the country. I am impressed with what I have seen on ground at the camp; the facilities are good, I am satisfied,’’ he said.

Dalong also charged the NYSC to renovate all existing orientation camps in the country.
He said it had become very important for the camps to be upgraded to accommodate the increasing number of graduates that would be expected for the scheme.

“So as you embark on renovation, put it in mind that more people will be using the facilities. I am saying this because I do not know when we will get a new orientation camp, but we are sure that we will have more students passing out of the tertiary institutions. When we started this scheme, we never planned for what we have now. Nigeria did not plan to have the number of graduate we have today, so the whole concept of NYSC would have started with permanent structures. The visionaries of the scheme did not anticipate that the scheme would live this long, after the civil war.” the Minister said.

Brig. Gen. Johnson Olawunmi, Director-General, NYSC, while conducting the minister round the camp, said it had five boreholes which served over 200 rooms.

Olawunmi said the budget of the corps was reduced from N1.7 billion to N227 million between 2013 and 2015.

He said the corps was facing serious challenges following the reduction by the past administration.

“We pay Security about N180 million yearly to secure all the orientation camps in the country out of the budget and we are left with little or nothing to run our programmes.

We have even reduced the camp to two batches, because of lack funds.” he added.

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  1. Narcos

    January 6, 2016 at 10:29 am

    They should cancel it already.

  2. nunulicious

    January 6, 2016 at 10:43 am

    Yay! NYSC stays. good news!!!

  3. adelegirl

    January 6, 2016 at 11:14 am

    Well, if they on’t scrap it, they should improve/completely overhaul the scheme, especially targeting improved welfare and security of corpers. Don’t send them to states/areas prone to violence (Yobe, Borno and Adamawa States should be an absolute no-go area for corpers yet I hear they are still posting non-indigene corpers there, when even indigenes are fleeing). Communities where corpers have been attacked should be specifically excluded as well. Arrange for more corpers lodges/hostels to be built so they are in secure accommodation.

  4. Meah

    January 6, 2016 at 11:20 am

    Cancellation of NYSC would cancel some big men’s pocket oh?

  5. jasmine

    January 6, 2016 at 11:45 am

    They should not cancel it yet o…I want to wear khaki too and pose for pictures. Some months more biko. And they should increase the allowee o.

  6. ElessarisElendil

    January 6, 2016 at 1:49 pm

    **Side-note** Dalung you know some of us read the budget shebi, N66,834,864,638. is vastly different from the N127,000,000 you claim was assigned to the corps.

    On a personal note I’m not wasting one year of my life on this, will simply keep acquiring degrees till I’m thirty and apply for a waiver.


      January 6, 2016 at 1:57 pm

      That’s not how NYSC works. The exemption you are referring to only applies if you finished your FIRST undergrad degree after you turned 30. We are waiting for you 🙂

    • Ivy

      January 6, 2016 at 2:13 pm

      Hahahahaha! Tell her BN! Meanwhile, i totally love whosoever responds to comments…. guessing he/she is new? Sarcastic, funny, informative and sassy darling

    • rah

      January 6, 2016 at 10:37 pm

      BN…really? you guys are the best!

    • ElessarisElendil

      January 7, 2016 at 1:48 am

      But? But? Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooo?????????

  7. rah

    January 6, 2016 at 10:41 pm

    Biko NYSC…. better don’t cancel the scheme ooo. I need to wear my own khaki. I’m in support of the repackaging of the scheme though. No one wants to waste 12 months doing something worth nothing!

  8. Tee

    January 7, 2016 at 1:13 am

    Apart from showing off in your khaki and taking pictures, what else do you think it is all about? Really disappointed in some comments. @Narcos and adelegirl, God bless you guys jare. Let all these caged children looking for fun and adventure visit Apapa amusement park.

  9. Fatherfather

    January 8, 2016 at 6:23 am

    Sustenance of NYSC is a great faith.Faith in NYSC administrators – but also faith in Nigerian youths.FG believes in what our youths can do,not what they cannot do.They understand that NYSC is the only channel that inculcates patriotism in the youths.Reward is to encouragement.Encouragement is to patriotism.Patriotism is to development.Development is to employment.Employment is to NYSC – NYSC is for unity.That’s the journey of NYSC to the Nation.Thanks to FG.Thanks to Nigeria. Thanks to NYSC.

  10. Rossie

    June 5, 2016 at 9:14 pm

    The NYSC scheme shouldn’t be cancealled because I have people I want to reach out to during my 12months in the camp.

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