NYSC has come to stay, youth minister tells critics

Against calls for the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) to be scrapped, Youth and Sports Minister Sunday Dare stressed this weekend that the program has come to stay.

It was even as the program launched its first film, “A Call To Service”.

In his speech at the film’s premiere in Abuja, the minister said the program is more relevant than it has ever been.

He further said the film will help speed up plans to ensure the NYSC trust fund is ultimately granted.

“In the first quarter of next year, when we have done all that is necessary, I will be able to present a note in council requesting the creation of the fund,” he said.

Earlier, NYSC Executive Director Brigadier General Shuaibu Ibrahim said the film was part of the current leadership’s innovative approaches to engender a better appreciation of the program’s relevance.

“It is an advocacy and awareness tool that should also influence the greater commitment of stakeholders to their roles and responsibilities, as stated in the NYSC Act Cap N84 of the Federation of Nigeria 2004 and the NYSC regulations.

“In particular, this will encourage locally and internationally educated Nigerian graduates who are eligible for national service to make themselves immediately available for service after graduation and to avoid offenses such as absenteeism, flight and forgery of certificates, ”said the CEO.

In addition, he informed that most of the actors in the film were in the service of the body members at the time of its production.

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