SAN FRANCISCO, April 18, (THEWILL) – The National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, now has a new Director-General, D-G, in Brig-Gen. Sule Kazaure who, upon taking over as the 17th D-G of the scheme on Monday, promised to be transparent and to prioritise the welfare of the staff and corps members.
Kazaure, who spoke during the handing over ceremony in Abuja, observed the tasks ahead of him are huge, but expressed optimism that his administration would make progress, with unity of purpose. His immediate predecessor, Brig-Gen. Johnson Olawumi took over the NYSC leadership on January 6, 2014.
According to the new D-G, “I know that the tasks ahead are enormous and the road is rough, but with unity of purpose, we will make progress. Therefore, I urge all to be pro-active, positive and optimistic in all our dealings so that our individual effort will result into success in line with the vision of the present administration.
“On my part, I understand the importance of motivation for staff, I will endeavor to be fair, transparent in my administration to enable us succeed together.”
Earlier, the outgoing D-G, Olawumi assured the agitation for increase in the monthly allowance of the 260,000 serving corps members would soon yield the desired result as the leadership of the scheme had written series of letters to the Federal Government on the issue, and “there seems to be a ray of light at the end of the tunnel.”
While urging NYSC staffers to extend to his successor the cooperation he enjoyed during his tenure, Olawumi said: “I want to call on my successor to please prioritise corps members’ welfare during the orientation camp and thereafter. In this regard, the Skills Acquisition and Entrepreneurship Development programme needs to be sustained to reduce the tide of unemployment and promote self-reliance amongst corps graduates.”
Story by David Oputah