NYSC DG Backs Gowon On TrustFund For Corps Members

NYSC DG Backs Gowon On TrustFund For Corps Members

By David Christopher, Lafia

The recent call by a Nigeria former head of state, General Yakubu Gowon rtd, for the establishment of  NYSC TrustFund has received a boost from the Director General of NYSC, Brigadier General Shuaibu Ibrahim, stating the importance and the needs.

General Shuiabu Ibrahim, Tuesday threw his weights behind the former Head of state in an exclusive interview with journalists when he visited to identify with the management of the Federal Medical Center Keffi.

He stated that the national headquarter of the National Youth Service Corps has had as a demand on the federal government to establish the NYSC TrustFund, which General Gowon echoed.

Stating the importance of establishing the the TrustFund for the NYSC scheme, Brigadier General Shuaibu pointed out that the NYSC was established on a tripod, which is the federal, state and the local governments.

He also revealed that in a recent state representative meeting, it ex-rayed  successes and where there are areas of challenges.

“It was at the meeting that we all agreed and arrived at the necessity of having an NYSC TrustFund,like we do tell our corps members that white-collar jobs are not readily available anywhere, so NYSC in 2012 introduced what is called Skills acquisition and enterprneuship training for all our corp members.

” Where they are taught various skills. We have what is called in camp training and the post-camp training. And we do partnership with a few stakeholders, like the CBN, BoI, Access Bank, NYSC Foundation and others, in order to provide start-up capital for the corps members, from the various skills they have learned.

” With the TrustFund, all the corps members that participated in this scheme,over 350,000 that comes in year in and year out, should be given start-up capital to begin their own businesses and become enterprineurs and to also take out unemployed Nigerians from the unemployment market and at the same time in that process reduce the challenges of insecurity in our country” He said.

Brigadier General Shuaibu,added that since the challenges of insurgency in the north east,corp members have been serving there upto this moment.

He assured Nigerians of the federal government care for all corp members,saying the security of the NYSC members is taken with all seriousness.

” So I assure you that we are also working with  security agencies,because the security of NYSC is very paramount to the Nigeria government and all we do tell our NYSC corp members is that they should be security conscious and follow our instructions.And I can assure you that they are safe and okey” He added.

Earlier, the medical director of the federal medical center Keffi, Dr Yahaya Baba Adamu, thank their august visitor, Brigadier General Shuaibu, for taking his time to tour round the hospital for an assessment of facilities.

He however commended the NYSC for making it a principle by conducting mass screening for COVID-19 before admitting the corp members into the camp,pledging  continuous partnership with the NYSC.