April 15, 2024

 

Governor Ademola Adeleke on Tuesday hosted the Director General of National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Brig. Gen. Yushau Dogara Ahmed at his office in Osogbo.

Adeleke advocated for immediate reform of the scheme to effect an institutionalized Public- Private Partnership in the management of the service.

The Governor said the present structure and model of the NYSC is unsustainable considering the prevailing fiscal state of the nation.

Calling the NYSC a gemstone for the Nigerian state, the Governor appealed for a reform of the service to expand private sector either through review of the enabling act or a federal instrument of reform

“ The present structure appears unsustainable considering the state of the national economy. We need to restructure the service to reduce the burden of financing on the public sector.

“We can deepen public private partnership. We can enhance state government participation. We can make it truly a federalised service to bring regional innovations. We must think out of the box”, the Governor advocated.

He said Osun state is particularly interested in the NYSC because we believe it is the steongest weapon to strengthen national unity and development, adding that “the NYSC is a platform that has helped to produce Nigerians who truly see themselves as patriots.

“It is our faith in the potency of the NYSC that motivated our administration to support the operations of the service in Osun state. We have backed the service through upgrades of her facilities and orientation camp.

“We are still committed to do more because the service provides invaluable service to the state and the federation”, the Governor promised.

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Speaking earlier, the NYSC boss, Brigadier General Ahmed told the Governor that he was in Osun to review the operation of the service and to present a specific request for the attention of the state government.

Ahmed who served as a corp member in Osun state commended the state government for its logistic and financial support for the NYSC, urging the state government to support the service to build a state secretariat.

He also seeks the constitution of a state committee as well as state support for the expansion of orientation facilities.

The Director General was accompanied by top directors of the NYSC.

Signed:
Mallam.Olawale Rasheed,
Spokesperson to the State Governor

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