NYSC: Corps Members To Be Deployed To Farms

The National Youth Service Corps, NYSC has disclosed that plans are underway for the scheme to begin posting corps members to farms soonest.

The new decision to deploy corps members to farms is in line with the NYSC’s agricultural development programme. NYSC’s Director-General, Brig-Gen. Suleiman Kazaure made this known on Monday in an interview with newsmen during his official visit to the NYSC Permanent Orientation Camp in Sagamu, Ogun state.

The NYSC Boss was in Ogun to inspect facilities at the camp and to familiarise himself with the 2017 Batch ‘A’ Stream I Corps members currently undergoing orientation at the camp.

Kazaure said the NYSC has concluded preparations to begin the posting at the conclusion of the three-week orientation exercise, adding that Bauchi, Oyo, Kebbi and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, had been earmarked for the pilot phase. In his words:

“It should interest you to know that the NYSC will soon begin its agricultural development scheme where corps members will be posted to farms for their primary assignments.

“Already the NYSC has acquired active farmlands across the nation’s geopolitical zones with four already fully operational in Kwali, Bauchi, Oyo and Kebbi.

“After this orientation programme for the Batch ‘A’ corps members, we will begin posting some of them to these farms as a pilot phase.

“Though we are starting with four states, for now, we will integrate the other states as time goes, the project is ongoing.”

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While admonishing corps members not to seek white-collar jobs which were non-existent, the NYSC boss urged the corps members to instead, develop their potentials for entrepreneurship excellence.

Kazaure stressed that corps members could begin their journey toward financial independence by tapping into and maximising the benefits of the NYSCs Skills Acquisition and Entrepreneurship Development (SAED) Programme.

“The NYSC has provided all the tools and support you need to develop your capacity to the fullest, it now depends on you, there is no short cut to success but by hard work.

“Of all the programmes outlined for you during the orientation, there is none more important that you must fully participate in than the SAED programme.

“I want you to create your own jobs by being creative and innovative, you must strive to be labour employers rather than labour seekers.

“Please don’t look for white-collar jobs, your skills and potentials can serve you better in the way of realising your dreams,” he said.

According to the NYSC Boss, the SAED programme was made possible by the partnership with public and private sector organisations to build entrepreneurial capacity.

Similarly, the Ogun Coordinator of the NYSC, Mrs Gladys Mbachi, thanked the Director General for the visit and emphasis on the SAED programme.

Mbachi disclosed that Ogun state was already helping the corps members with the SAED programme in earnest, adding that “the objective is to expose their talents to where they fit so that when they go out there, they will be able to build on what we have given them”.

Meanwhile, Ekiti State Governor, Dr. Ayodele Fayose has called on the Federal Government to increase the monthly allowance of the corps members in view of the dwindling purchasing power of the Naira.

Governor Fayose made the call during the swearing-in and official opening ceremony for the 2017 Batch ‘A’ Stream I of National Youth Service Corps members at the NYSC Orientation Camp, Ise/Orun/Emure Ekiti.

Represented by the Secretary to the State Government Dr. (Mrs) Modupe Alade, the Governor stressed that the N19,800 monthly allowance was no longer sufficient for the survival of Corps Members, adding that a review of the allowance must be given an urgent attention by the Federal Government.

The Governor who recently provided Hostel and toilet facilities for the camp reiterated his commitment to the wellbeing of corps members serving in the State and promised to give further assistance to the NYSC.

Fayose lamented that the monumental increase in the population of graduates annually without a corresponding development in the facilities has led to huge infrastructural decay in the NYSC Camps nationwide.

Urging the Corps Members to, however, render outstanding services to the State and their host communities, Fayose assured that the state Government would continue to acknowledge and reward deserving youths with State Honours Award, automatic employment and cash gifts.

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He encouraged them to go into practical Farming, Fishery, Snail farming and tap into the agriculturally friendly environment of the state, emphasizing the need for them to take advantage of the pleasant, accommodating, peaceful and hospitable atmosphere in the State.

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