The director general of National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Brig.-Gen. Sulaiman Kazaure, has assured members of the public that the scheme has made all necessary preparations to ensure the mobilisation of all eligible prospective corps members in the next service year.
He gave the assurance on Wednesday during a Media Parley organised by the scheme for Editors and Reporters of various media organisations in Abuja.
Kazaure stated that the scheme could presently cater for only 86,000 out of the 170,000 screened for the next service year, but that necessary precautions has been taken to ensure the rest partook in the service.
In the 2016 budget, provision was made for the mobilisation of a total of 210,000 corps members. However, the figure for both 2016 Batch A and Batch B has more than doubled the original projection.
Like we did before the 2016 Batch A orientation course, we have appealed to government for special intervention grant to mop up excess of this figure.
So far, we have received the green light from the relevant government agencies to prepare for the mobilisation of all qualified prospective corps members.
However, the limited cumulative capacity of the orientation camps nationwide necessitates a second stream orientation course for the 2016 Batch B which is planned for January 2017, said Kazaure .
The DG commended President Muhammadu Buhari and some state governors for their support toward promoting national unity and development.
However, he also appealed to defaulting states, local government councils and NGOs to support the NYSC in delivering its national development objectives, pointing out that lack of support remain the biggest challenge of the scheme.
He called on all state and local governments to take up their responsibilities of assisting the scheme in the provision of orientation camp facilities and post-camp accommodation and transport of corps members.
Other responsibilities listed include logistics support for inspection of corps locations, material support for Community Development Service (CDS) and security of corps members during the service year.
In all, the director-general disclosed that the corps is collaborating with about 12 organisations and agencies to deliver its mandate on national development.
The Director of Press, Mrs Bose Aderibigbe, earlier described the media parley as an avenue for the scheme to enlist the support of the media in showcasing its activities with a view to sustain public appreciation of the schemes relevance.
Appealing to the media to continue imbibe the ethical principles of objectivity and unbias reportage especially in handling issues affecting the scheme to avert the negative impacts of misrepresented facts.
In a report by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) , the stream I of the next batch for NYSC mobilisation, which is the 2016 Batch B, would commence orientation exercise on Nov. 24 while 2016 Batch B stream II are expected to commence orientation in January 2017.