Following the request by Nigerian Universities to slash down the number of students mobilized every year, the National Youth Service Corps [NYSC] has revealed its plan to mobilize only 86, 000 for the NYSC 2016 Batch B Orientation.
The reason for this new development is due to the current economic hardship the country is facing.
Head of Press Unit, Mrs. Abosede Aderibigbe, in a statement revealed that the number of prospective corps members for the 2016 Batch B, was worked out as a percentage, and sent to heads of corps producing institutions, including vice chancellors rectors of polytechnics.
Speaking with newsmen, NYSC spokesperson noted that the limited funds available to cater for the prospective corps members were the reasons why schools were asked to determine who should go, based on the figures they were given while other graduands would have to wait for another batch.
She said, “We have complained to the minister in our ministry, the Ministry of Finance; committees on youth in both arms of the national assembly and other relevant bodies on the need to increase funding to enable us to mobilize more ready-to-serve graduates.”
“With the complaints that we have lodged so far, if the Federal Government gives us money to mobilize more graduates, we would do so right away because we don’t want these young people to be waiting endlessly to be mobilized for national service,” she said.
”But we cannot do otherwise because it is only when a government gives us enough funds for their stipends that we can mobilize them. Unfortunately, as we speak, those that we are incapable of mobilizing now, will have to wait till next year because we are given specific numbers to mobilize yearly,” she added.