A new directive by the Minister of Communications, Dr. Isa Pantami has ordered all parastatals and agencies under the ministry to accept NYSC corps members for training.
This comes after the reports that the parastatals and agencies under the ministry are in the habit of rejecting corp members for their one year service to the country.
The Minister in a press release signed on Tuesday, 8th October, 2019 via the Deputy Director Press Unit, Federal Ministry of Communications, Mrs Philomena Oshodin, stated that the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) scheme was established by the Federal Government of Nigeria with the sole aim of inculcating the spirit of selfless service to the country as well as developping ties among youths and to emphasise the spirit of oneness and brotherhood in all Nigerians irrespective of cultural or social background.
Extract from the statement read,
“The administration of President Muhammadu Buhari GCFR is particularly mindful of the fact that the future of our great country depends on the youths and therefore, they must be equipped for the critical role that lies ahead. To this end, the Honourable Minister of Communications has initiated a policy to ensure corps members are equipped with adequate entrepreneurial skills at the end of their service year to properly empower and position them as entrepreneurs instead of job seekers. The Honourable Minister of Communications hereby directs that with immediate effect, all Agencies and Parastatals under the supervision of his Ministry must:
i. Provide opportunities for an appreciable number of Youth Corps members within their capacities in their regional and Head offices annually, with adequate arrangements for their remuneration;
ii. Give special attention to graduates with ICT – related qualifications;
iii. Ensure the effective use of their time by posting them to relevant Departments/Units/Sections of the organization; and
Plan and execute special ICT Entrepreneurial skills capacity building programmes for serving Corps Members.
“The Honourable Minister of Communications is confident that these measures will be pivotal to the realisation of this administration’s Next Level Agenda of building a prosperous and globally competitive economy for the benefit of all Nigerians.”