National Youth of Service Corps (NYSC) has overcome the incidence of wrong mobilisation of corps members in Nigeria, according to the Director-General of the corps, Brig Gen Sule Kazaure.
Speaking in Ibadan, Oyo State capital during the opening ceremony of the 2016 Batch ‘B’ pre-mobilisation five-day workshop entitled: ‘Overcoming the Challenges of NYSC Mobilisation Process: The Role of Stakeholders’, Kazaure stated that NYSC achieved the feat as a result of deployment of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), which, according to him, has helped in fast-tracking the process.
Kazaure said: “One of the recent initiatives of the scheme to improve the mobilisation exercise was the complete computerisation of the process. The deployment of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) did not only fast-track the process but has also helped the scheme to overcome the incidence of wrong mobilisation and other associated problems.
“Like every human endeavour, the achievements recorded with the ICY notwithstanding, there is still room for improvement. Moreover, the current management of the scheme subscribes greatly to the principles of collective responsibility and the strength of team-work, hence the theme of this workshop.
“The NYSC pre-mobilisation workshop is a forum, which provides opportunities for NYSC management and indeed all stakeholders in the mobilisation process to interface and review past activities with a view to finding solutions to the challenges that might have arisen in the previous mobilisation exercise.
“It also provides a platform to initiate measures for ensuring the hitch-free mobilisation and deployment of qualified Nigerian youths for the one-year mandatory national service.”
In the address of Oyo State governor, Sen Abiola Ajimobi, delivered by the Secretary to the State Government, Alhaji Olalekan Alli, he noted that his administration’s support and promotion for the NYSC ideals and programmes “are not in doubt and have been immensely demonstrated over the years.”
He enjoined all stakeholders in NYSC mobilisation process to support the drive of NYSC management to achieve the goal solving every challenge associated with mobilisation of corps members.
“The recent migration of the mobilisation process from the analogue to digital method in line with global trends of the 21st Century deserves the commendation of all. It is, therefore, appropriate for us as individuals connected with this project to give our best for the benefit of our youths and the nation as a whole.”
Ajimobi called on NYSC management to continue to expand the frontiers of the service scheme to meet its current and future challenges.
The Oyo State Coordinator of NYSC, Mrs Olufunmilayo Akin-Moses, told Daily Sun that wrong mobilisation was rampant when NYSC was using manual method, adding that the ICT has effectively arrested a situation whereby graduates above 30 years, students that graduated from part-time programmes and members of armed forces would be wrongly mobilised for the scheme.