The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) Directorate Headquarters in Abuja, has reduced the number of prospective Corp members for the next phase of mobilization.
The reduction is related to President Buhari’s order to cut all government expenditures.
A leaked internal memo dated 4th October, 2016 and sent to all heads of departments of the Nnamdi Azikiwe University was handed to www.vnaguardnigeria.org.
The memo signed the Dean of student affairs, Mrs. Ifeoma Egboka, said NYSC explained that the slash was as a result of “tight budgetary allocation of the Scheme”.
It therefore asked the HODs to “work out the percentage of the number 894 (total) for each department”, as against the initial 2,314.
The development may not be unconnected with the economic recession.
Last month, media and publicity director, NYSC, confirmed that the organization was in need of funds.
Aderibigbe said that the N10, 500, as budgeted by the government for corp members’ kits, was no longer enough.
“The Federal Government does not want a situation where youths who are done with tertiary education will hang out longer than necessary before having their chance to serve.
“We were given 260, 000 corps members to mobilize. So far, we are left with about 70, 000.
“Once the present set leaves in October or thereabouts, this outstanding will be taken care of for the year.
“It should be noted that once the federal government gives us the figure to mobilize for a particular year, they back it up with funds to take care of that number.
“We are in need of a lot of funds to ease our operations, but we will continue to cry to the government until the situation improves.”
Recall that in May, the 2016 Batch A Stream 2 was nearly stalled due to lack of funds.
Brig.-Gen. Sulyman Kazaure, NYSC Director-General, laid the complaint when he appeared at a Senate Committee hearing.
See the leaked memo below.