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NYSC seeks speedy set up of scheme’s Trust Fund

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Director-General of National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Brig.-Gen. Muhammad Fadah, has called for speedy set up of the scheme’s Trust Fund.

Fadah made the call on Tuesday in Okada, Edo, during the swearing-in of more than 1,000 Batch ‘B’ Stream II corps members deployed in the state.

The NYSC boss, whose address was delivered by the State Coordinator of the scheme, Abiodun Olubukola, said that the fund would enhance the smooth operations of the scheme.

He also said that the fund would address the infrastructure challenges as well as provide start-up capitals for corps members.

“May I also request all stakeholders to render support toward the success of our Health Initiative for Rural Dwellers (HIRD), which is aimed at providing easier access to free and qualitative health care, especially for the rural poor,” he said.

The director-general enjoined the new NYSC inductees to promote national unity and integration, using the social media tools.

He said the service year would offer them the opportunity of understanding Nigeria better and entrench in them the culture of working together in an atmosphere filled with friendship, peace, harmony and a shared vision of a great and prosperous country.

“I also urge you to avoid using social media for spreading fake news, fuelling hatred and other negative purposes, but deploy the same for the promotion of national unity and development.

“You are strongly advised to be security conscious at all times and report any suspicious character or activity around you to the appropriate authorities.

“At this juncture, I will like to remind you that white-collar jobs are no longer readily available.

“Therefore, I encourage you to avail yourselves of the opportunity for self-employment offered through the Skill Acquisition and Entrepreneurship Development (SAED) programme.

“You are expected to choose from any of the skill areas and make yourselves available for the training, which starts from the orientation camp.

“On our part, management will continue to work with relevant stakeholders for the success of the programme,” said Fadah.

He also charged the new corps members to adhere to the protocols and guidelines against COVID-19 pandemic.

The director-general commended National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) for providing the scheme with testing kits for NYSC orientation camps across the country. (NAN)

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