The new Director General of the National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, Brig.-Gen. Sule Zakari Kazaure yesterday formally assumed office with a promise to prioritise the welfare of corps members and workers. Mr. Kazaure is the 17th director-general of the NYSC.
Speaking at the handing over ceremony in Abuja, the new NYSC boss pledged to give corps and staff welfare priority, and called on them to support him to make the scheme achieve more success.
“I know that the tasks ahead are enormous and the road is rough, but with unity of purpose, we will make progress”.Kazaure also enjoined the staff to be more proactive to enable the NYSC achieve the desired success in line with the vision of the present administration.
The outgone DG of NYSC, Brig-Gen. Johnson Olawumi, who will move to the Nigerian Army School of Electrical and Mechanical Engineering (NASEME), Auchi, Edo State as acting commandant, said the agitation to have the monthly allowance of corps members increased would soon yield result. Olawumi also urged the Federal Government to expedite action on the process.
“You may not be aware that letters have been written, with a follow-up to the appropriate authorities on the need for the proper funding of the scheme, especially now that the corps population is over 260,000.
“We have also brought to government attention the urgent need to increase some allowances due to members and recent response suggests a strong ray of light at the end of the tunnel”.
He noted that the scheme secured a N150 million sponsorship deal with telecommunications giant, GLOBACOM.“The Community Development Services and Special Projects (CDS & SP) department is working with the company to enable the two organisations sign an MoU for the scheme to access the fund”, the former NYSC boss said.
Olawumi, who assumed duty as the 16th DG of the NYSC on January 6, 2014 urged workers to extend the cooperation he enjoyed during his stay to his successor in order to achieve the desired result.
“I could not have achieved much if I did not get the loyalty and support of the staff; whether I fulfilled in my duties or not, I leave it for you staff to judge me.
“I urge you staff of the scheme to continue to support the new head of the scheme to enable him consolidate on the successes and achievements so far recorded.
“Your role in the sustenance of the scheme cannot be over-emphasized as this has over the years contributed to the development and progress of the country”, he said.