The Federal Government has announced its plan to reform the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) to make it a revenue-generating agency.
The Minister of Youth Development, Jamila Bio-Ibrahim, disclosed this while speaking on Channels Television’s Sunday Politics programme.
Asked if there were immediate plans to increase the monthly allowance of corps members, the minister said the Federal Government was working on reforming the NYSC scheme to reflect the present realities of the nation.
“We all understand that resources are dwindling, even oil revenues are not as they used to be but we will find innovative ways of ensuring that corps members’ welfare is well-taken care of.
“When it comes to remuneration and looking totally at the holistic funding of the NYSC, we have announced a reform of the NYSC scheme itself. So, we want the scheme to go beyond that social programme of government to be that revenue-generating scheme and agency.
“The reforms which transform the NYSC into a revenue-generating agency and prepare the corps members for the job market and to be decently and gainfully employed or to be employers of labour through entrepreneurship and of course, perfect matching into primary assignment and all the support they need in that career path.”
She also disclosed that corps members were no longer posted to states deemed unsafe in the wake of worsening security conditions in the country.
“As an immediate intervention of the government and the NYSC as an agency, we have actually stopped posting corps members to the very unsafe states.