The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) might consider deploying corps members to the 16 member states of the Economic Community of West African States Corps, according to one of the suggestions made at its top management retreat in Niger State.
During a retreat in Suleja, Prof Oka Obono, a lecturer at the University of Ibadan in Oyo State, suggested the idea to the NYSC top management. “Strategies for Sustaining the NYSC in a Changing World” was the title of his talk.
The benefits of Nigerian corps members deployed in the West African sub-region, according to Obono, include a substantial reduction in youth unemployment as well as increased regional visibility.
He argued that all stakeholders should support expansion initiatives that favour young people.
Prof Obono told the NYSC management,
“Expand operations to the West African region, thereby reducing internal graduate unemployment and pressures on the Nigerian labour market.”
After taking office as NYSC's 18th Director-General, Brig Gen Shuaibu Ibrahim, was lauded by the don for his leadership style.
He also recommended that all stakeholders use diplomacy and advocacy to positively engage the uneducated youths who are a threat to social peace and development.
In his remarks, NYSC DG Ibrahim said that the retreat was a forum for the scheme's top management to assess its operations.
According to a press release obtained by SaharaReporters from Mrs Adenike Adeyemi, NYSC Director of Press and Public Relations, the agency will take the suggestion into consideration.
The retreat, according to the DG, would also aid in the formulation of new strategies to direct the company's operations in a changing environment.
“We will intensify more on our proactive disposition to official engagements to move the Scheme Forward”, Ibrahim added.