The Director General of the NYSC has indicated that lack of funds may delay mobilising prospective corps members for the NYSC 2016 Batch A Stream 2 orientation.
Brig.-Gen. Sulyman Kazaure, told the Senate Committee on Sports on Monday that the orientation for Stream 2 may not commence on Friday as scheduled because the money required for the exercise was yet to be provided.
He complained that the NYSC had written several letters to the Federal Government requesting for the money but that as at Monday, it was yet to receive response. He said the letter was written to the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports, Finance, Budget and the Presidency.
“We are presently at a loss in NYSC now as there is no money for us to mobilise thousands of prospective corps members in the Batch A Stream 2 to camp this Friday.
“This is in spite of efforts made by us to get things done in that direction several weeks ago.
“The problem staring us in the face arose from the N13 billion shortfall we had in the 2016 budget estimate which the agency made strong request for its provision during budget defence,” he said.
Kazaure, however, expressed the hope that the presidency may make last minute intervention by providing “the urgently-needed fund for the programme’’.
He told the committee that the Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari had invited the Minister of Youths and Sports, Solomon Dalong, to see him over the matter.
The Chairman of the committee, Sen. Obinna Ogba, assured the NYSC that the senate would intervene in the matter.
He said that the senate would convene a meeting during the week for all the parties concerned, including Ministries of Finance and Budget, to find a quick solution to the problem.
“We have listened to you and we are also disturbed by the problem at hand as regards paucity of funds for mobilisation of prospective corps members.
“NYSC is not something to joke with; even if it is through urgent supplementary budget provisions, the problem must be quickly tackled by the Federal Government,” he said.
The NYSC released a statement, Tuesday morning…
The National Youth Service Corps wishes to express profound appreciation of the Federal Government’s intervention through the release of funds for the 2016 Batch ’A’ Stream II Orientation Course. Consequent upon government’s intervention, Management is pleased to inform prospective Corps members, parents, guardians and the rest of the general public that the 2016 Batch ‘A’ Stream II Orientation Course will hold as planned. As a reminder, all are to note that the Orientation Course will commence on Saturday, 21st May, 2016 and end on Monday, 6th June, 2016.
Therefore, all prospective Corps members are advised to print their call-up letters online or collect same from their respective institutions of graduation as applicable. They are to report to the Orientation camps in their states of deployment whose addresses would be shown on their call-up letters. Management wishes all prospective Corps members a hitch-free and rewarding orientation course. Signed: Management
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