Minister of Youth and Sports, Solomon Dalung has frowned at the rejection of National Youth Service Corp, NYSC, members by government agencies.
The Sports Minister said such decisions were not in the interest of youth development and empowerment in the country.
“Government agencies cannot reject Corps members. It is unacceptable. Why will government agencies reject corps members? Do you pay them or is that there is no work to be done?”
The Minister reminded also Government agencies and Parastatals that it is a government policy not to reject corps members posted to their offices.
“The National Youth Service Corp, NYSC, scheme is a creation of the Federal Government and is intended to involve the country’s graduates in the development of the country.
They are posted to states far from their states of origin intended for them to learn the culture of the indigenes in the place they are posted to. This is aimed at bringing about unity in the country and giving them an opportunity to learn about higher ideals of National achievement.
“Rejecting corps members will add to the profile of un-engaged youths which will create tension.
“Therefore, everybody is invited to join hands to assist our young people through entrepreneurship and empowerment programmes or anything that can gainfully engage them and create wealth for their livelihood and sustenance.”
President Muhammadu Buhari had on Friday said he was always pleased to see the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) achieving the purpose of national unity that inspired its creation since 1973.
Mr. President disclosed this in Daura, Katsina State on Friday while speaking to journalists after the Eid-el-Kabir prayers in his country home.
According to him, the NYSC scheme had over the years continued to pursue the purpose of integrating the country, noting that the diversity of cultures remained Nigeria’s greatest strength.
“I am always pleased to see corps members in Daura and other parts of the country. From the postings, we get to learn more about other cultures,’’ he said.