The Director-General, National Youth Service Corps, Brig-Gen. Johnson Olawumi, on Wednesday said graduates with first class degrees would, henceforth, be deployed to tertiary institutions and universities as lecturers.
He stated this in Kaduna at a two-day pre-mobilisation workshop for the 2015 Batch ‘B’ NYSC programme.
Olawumi said the new posting policy was to properly mobilise the right manpower to boost the education sector.
“All corps members who graduated with First Class honours, Distinction Degrees and Diplomas will be posted to tertiary institutions for effective utilisation of their manpower.
“The posting policy of the scheme is being vigorously implemented for the achievement of the desired impact.
“I, therefore, appeal to the authorities of all tertiary institutions of learning to reciprocate this gesture by accepting and offering them permanent appointments after service”.
The NYSC boss further disclosed that an online certificate verification procedure would be introduced to make participation in the scheme more transparent.
He said that the verification procedure was to promote smooth interface between the scheme and the public.
“This is focused at further simplifying the procedures for certificate verification and enquiries as to whether some individuals participated in national service by making the process more transparent and less cumbersome”.
Speaking on the workshop, Olawumi said it was to holistically review the scheme, identify and eliminate areas of difficulties that might crop-up during call-up formalities.
“Pursuing its firm resolve to ensure that the mobilisation process is transparent and 21st century compliant, the management of the scheme introduced the online registration platform to ease the entire exercise.
“The initiative is now widely accepted and applauded by all stakeholders today because the initiative has eliminated cases of registration by proxy and also granted easy access to call-up letters by prospective corps members.
“Arrangements have also been concluded for the setting-up of a help desk, where prospective corps members can get quick response to the challenges they may face while registering online”.
The NYSC boss assured all that necessary changes to the format for online registration would be made in compliance with the NYSC Act.
Olawumi also said that 410,821 corps members had so far been trained in different skills under the NYSC skill acquisition and entrepreneurship development initiative just as he said ICT facilities would be provided to enable corps members have a seamless mobilisation process.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the workshop was to allow stakeholders review policies and challenges of the scheme.
The theme of the workshop is ‘ICT and NYSC mobilisation process; towards eliminating identified challenges.’
Governor Nasiru El-Rufa’I of Kaduna State, while declaring the workshop open, assured all that the Kaduna State Government would discharge its obligation to the scheme.
The governor, represented by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Youths and Sports, Alhaji Ibrahim Balarabe-Musa, said, “no stone will be left unturned to ensure the safety and security of corps members in all parts of the state”.
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