The National Youth Service Corps says it would continue to harness the potentials of Corps Members to enhance their empowerment and also contribute to national development.
NYSC Director-General, Brigadier General Shuaibu Ibrahim stated this today in Abuja while addressing the media on the preparations for the forthcoming 2021 Batch ‘C’ Stream Two Orientation Course slated to commence on Wednesday 24th November 2021.
He disclosed that the Scheme has rejiged its garment factories in Niger and Anambra States for maximum productivity while the bread and water factories in Abuja have also been overhauled.
“Last year we generated over Two Hundred and Eighty Million Naira which was remitted to the federation account and for 2021, we generated Five Hundred and Eleven Million naira which would also be paid to the federation account as the Scheme’s contribution to national economy.
From our garment factory, bakery and table water factories we are bringing innovation into NYSC because we have put on our thinking cap as we don’t want to be a beggar agency. We have revitalised our garment factories and we are using our garment factories as training centres for our Corps Members that have passion for fashion design because they also sow clothes.
Corps Members are acting films, we have the National Cultural Troupe and they are going to perform while we will bring the proceeds as our contribution to national economy”, Ibrahim said.
The Director-General assured that the Scheme would continue to tap Corps Members’ talents for national development.
He appealed to Nigerians to provide adequate welfare and security for Corps Members in their domain, adding that they are on national assignment.
He debunked the misrepresentation against the Scheme on drugs in some sections of the media, adding that the Scheme has not caught any serving Corps Member with hard drugs during its Orientation Exercises in the thirty-seven camps across the country.
“We have various stakeholders like the NDLEA, Police, Army, NSCDC among others that support us to scrutinize Corps Members for hard drugs before they enter our Orientation Camps”.