A lecturer in the University of Ibadan, Prof. Oka Obono, has charged the National Youths Service Corps (NYSC), to utilise the provision of the ECOWAS free Movement for the deployment of Corps members, across Member States.
Speaking while delivering his lecture titled; “Strategies for Sustaining the NYSC in a Changing World.” proposition to the NYSC top management during the retreat in Suleja, Niger State.
Obono stated that the advantages of Nigerian corps members deployed across the West African sub-region would include the vast reduction of unemployment among the youths as well as regional exposure.
He advocated that all stakeholders should embrace expansion strategies that would be of benefit to the youths.
“Expand operations to the West African region thereby reducing internal graduate unemployment and reducing pressures on the Nigerian labour market,” Prof Obono told the NYSC management.
The don, who described inter-ethnic distrust as the bane of the county’s problems, lauded the NYSC Director-General, Brig Gen Shuaibu Ibrahim for his leadership style since assuming duty as the 18th DG of NYSC.
He further advised that all stakeholders must adopt a high level of diplomacy and advocacy to positively engage the unlearned youths who are potential threats to societal peace and national development.
The NYSC DG, Ibrahim, in his remarks, said that the retreat was a platform for the scheme’s appraisal of its operations by the top management.
The DG added that the retreat would also help to formulate new strategies to guide its operations in a changing world.
“We will intensify more on our proactive disposition to official engagements to move the Scheme Forward”, Ibrahim added.