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NYSC to build more orientation camps, others through Trust Fund

Esther Kalu

The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has disclosed that plans have been concluded to build new orientation camps and expand existing ones across the country with the scheme’s proposed Trust Fund.

NYSC said that the proposed trust fund would enable the scheme to maintain camp facilities nationwide and provide better welfare for graduates that would be serving their father land during orientation exercise.

The Director-General, National Youth Service Corps, Shuaibu Ibrahim, made this known while addressing corps members during his visit to the Kubwa Orientation Camp, Abuja, yesterday.

Through a statement signed by the NYSC Director for Press and Public Relations, Adenike Adeyemi and made available to newsmen, Ibrahim stated that discussion were already ongoing to perfect the funds modalities and other use of it’s proceeds.

“Efforts are in top gear with other stakeholders for the establishment of the NYSC Trust Fund. This is to make funds available to you as you exit the service, to establish businesses in line with the skills you acquired during the NYSC SAED programme.” He said.

“If actualized, the Trust Fund will also be used to build new orientation camps, expand the existing camps, maintain camp facilities among other priorities.” He added.

As gathered, the scheme had proposed the establishment of a Trust Fund to support corps members engaged in the NYSC Skills Acquisition and Entrepreneurship Development (SAED) Programme with business start-up capital.

The agency had also submitted a formal proposal to the Federal Government requesting its support for the initiative by presenting a bill at the National Assembly, on the establishment of an NYSC Trust Fund.

Ibrahim further enjoined the corpers to continue with the post-camp training of the NYSC SAED programme and strive to become employers of labour rather than seeking for the unavailable salaried jobs, adding that they should cherish their integrity during the service year, identify their skills, work hard, avoid cutting corners, and pursue their vision with passion, while using the NYSC platform to excel.

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