The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has explained why it introduced the computerisation of the corps members’ mobilisation operations, with the non-mandatory N4,000 registration fee. Despite public criticisms that trailed the decision to levy the young graduates, the body said the computerisation process would eradicate archaic operational practices hindering the progress of the programme.
The Chairman, NYSC National Governing Board, Chief Gordon Bozimo, gave further clarification yesterday when he visited the Batch ‘C’ corps members, undergoing their orientation course at the NYSC Orientation Camp, Iyana-Ipaja, Lagos. He was received by the Lagos State NYSC Director, Adenike Adeyemi and the Chairman, state NYSC Governing Board, Wale Ahmed, who was represented at the event, among other dignitaries.
Bozimo, who was represented by Chief Dominic Yahaya Gambo, said the visit was part of the routine oversight functions of the board, which enabled members to assess the state of facilities, security provisions, welfare of serving corps members, among others. He expressed satisfaction with the state of facilities at the camp, especially the sufficient bed spaces, neatness of the environment and corps members’ sense of discipline and donated a cow on behalf of the Board for the campfire night.
He said the NYSC e-service programme remained on course, in spite of observations raised by some individuals on certain aspects of its implementation. According to him, the benefits of the electronic registration system couldn’t be easily quantified; noting that it would fast track the registration process, reduce the risk of travelling and exposing corps members to road mishaps.
Bozimo said the e-registration would also free prospective corps members from the extortion tied to the release of call-up letters.
“This public/private partnership project on its immediate take-off will provide and deploy ICT in all the states and FCT and these will be further rolled to the 774 local government areas.
He further hailed the deployment of the NYSC Mobile App on the web, while urging corps members to take maximum advantage of the platform enriched with essential information on the scheme.
Bozimo expressed concern on youth unemployment in the country, noting that the NYSC would not relent in its ongoing efforts in finding urgent solution to the problem of post-service placement.
The NYSC boss praised the corps members in Lagos for their zeal and discipline on camp, noting that providence had crowned them in the annals of the nation’s history as centenary corps members.
Mrs. Adeyemi, who had earlier taken the chairman on a facility tour of the camp, explained that there were currently 2,500 bed spaces for the use of 2,278 participating corps members in Lagos.
She said no ugly incident had been recorded on camp, and praised the serving corps members for their high sense of discipline, patriotism and uncommon zeal to serve their fatherland.
Adeyemi said 230 nursing mothers, as well as 160 pregnant ones were among those participating in the orientation programme.