SWITZERLAND, MAY 17
Director-General of the National Youth Service Corps, Brig. Gen. Ibrahim Shuaibu, has said that the mobilization process has been suspended indefinitely due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Shuaibu told PRNigeria, an indigenous news platform that the management will only commence fresh orientation exercises when the coast becomes clear.
Recall that the Batch A, Stream 1 corps members who were already camping, were hurriedly dismissed due to the outbreak of COVID-19.
The DG revealed that they will be summoned back to their various orientation camps to complete the remaining part of the training when pandemic phases out completely.
“We don’t know when we are going to start mobilizing our corps members. You know our training is also structured like that of the military and paramilitary. You can see that the Nigerian Navy recently suspended its training for its freshly recruited cadets”, he said.
The General, however, expressed his delight over the successes recorded by the NYSC Skills Acquisition and Entrepreneurship Development (SAED) programme.
“They have produced face masks, sanitizers, disinfectant tools, and automatic sanitizing machines. They are also involved in the sensitization and distribution of palliatives of some of these items to communities,” he said.
Shuaibu also disclosed NYSC’s drive to generate money for the scheme saying, “We now have NYSC bread and Table Water Company in Kubwa. We want to see how we can replicate the same in the States so that during orientation exercises, we can get these items from our production plants.
“Some corps members are into fish and snail farming in NYSC farms. We want to embark on commercial farming of rice. We want to key into the Federal Government’s policy on local content on agric business because we don’t want to be a burden. We must continue to look for ways to internally generate our revenue.”