Mr Eddy Megwa, the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) State Coordinator in Lagos, has urged the Federal Government to approve the scheme’s proposed Trust Fund.
By Omotayo Olutekunbi
On Tuesday in Ikeja, Megwa made the request during the 2021 NYSC Lagos Media Relations Recap.
If the NYSC Trust Fund is authorized, he believes it will go a long way toward assisting the system in meeting its financial obligations.
He said that the skills acquisition program had kept the NYSC afloat because the number of graduates mobilized each year was nowhere near the number of jobs available in the country.
During NYSC orientation camp, corps members receive a 10-day full introduction instruction in various handworks, according to Megwa.
”Over 30 per cent of a recently passed out batch have small scale businesses of their own, they are creating wealth through the skill acquisition they learnt in during and post orientation camp.
”And that is commendable because that is the only way we can get through in this nation, in China today, almost every family is producing something and that is a way of nation’s keep going well,” he added.
Megwa praised the amount of support provided to corps members who were dispatched to Lagos for the orientation camp and primary duties.
He stated that the rate of rejection of corp members has significantly decreased, and he thanked the Lagos State Government for its assistance in making the plan a success.
“The LASG have being very supportive and corp members here are happy because they are embraced in their places of primary assignments, while state Ministry of Special Duties are doing the needful.
“During the COVID-19 lockdown, corp members were sent home in line with the federal government directive but they felt pains of the people and called me that they were tired of staying home.
”They mobilised themselves and through the SA they learnt, made facemasks, hand sanitisers, antibacterial hand wash and further contributed their allowances, buy food items and shared as palliatives.
”The palliative was so much that we extended to the people in the communities, local government and state government which made the governor to write me a commendation letter,” he added.
Mr Adeleye Ajayi, Lagos Council of NUJ, spoke at the ceremony and praised NYSC for its activities and corp members’ contributions to the state’s development.
The NUJ chairman emphasized the need for NYSC corp members to be stationed closer to home.
However, Megwa pointed out that the purpose of NYSC was to build national unity and allow participants to travel outside of their home countries while working in rural regions.
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