- Conversations around the NYSC Trust Fund Bill is still ongoing in the polity and a University Don has joined the fray
- Dr. Okpe Okpe, a respected lecturer as called for the urgent passage of the bill and assent by the president
- Okpe said the law will also improve the general welfare of not only corps members but the general youth and unemployed Nigerians by extension
FCT, Abuja - A University Don, Dr. Okpe Okpe has reiterated the need for the urgent passage and assent to the National Youth Service Corps trust fund act
Okpe who spoke in Abuja at a public symposium on the operations of the Act said its urgent assent would serve as a panacea for insecurity and national disintegration.
He added that it will assist in curbing incessant cases of ritualism in the country.
The symposium was organised by Nigeria First in collaboration with several interest groups.
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Okpe said the fund when in place will address financial constraints in training, orientation camp development, provision of sundry welfare, and also mitigate the problem of employment in the country through the provision of capital to the corps members to establish their businesses.
He called on President Muhammadu Buhari, the National Assembly, and relevant stakeholders to join the NYSC in making sure the bill is passed and signed into law within a short time due to its importance in equipping the NYSC for more service to the country.
While applauding the national assembly for considering the NYSC Trust Fund Bill, Okpe said:
“Our fervent prayer is that the bill will not only receive expedited passage but will also receive presidential assent, It is also our hope that the trust fund will provide permanent solution to unemployment.
“Let me seize this opportunity to commend the current director-general of the NYSC Maj. Gen. Shuaibu Ibrahim for initiating the idea of the Trust Fund, the fund will provide a sustainable source of funds for the NYSC, skill acquisition training and provision of start-up capital to corps members, train and retrain the personnel of the NYSC, develop camps and the NYSC formations and provide facilities therein.
“NYSC Trust Fund when passed into law will also improve the general welfare of not only corps members but the general youth and unemployed Nigerians by extension, which will help in promoting national unity, integration, self-reliance and accelerated development of the national economy.”
Nigeria First Convener, Richard Augustine in his welcome address said the nation needs to build an economic model where business ideas will not be killed but nurtured into business empires; where men and women of skills shall realize their dreams and potentials.
Trust Fund: Unemployed graduates back bill, commend NASS, NYSC
The Coalition of Unemployed Graduates in Nigeria (CUGN) has applauded the bill seeking to create the National Youth Service Corps Trust Fund.
CUGN said the NYSC Trust Fund Bill has the potential to generate one million jobs annually for the teeming Nigerian youths if passed into law.
Speaking at a press conference attended by Legit.ng reporter in Abuja, the convener of the group, Emmanuel Odenmalu said the Trust Fund will not only address youth unemployment but also enhance economic prosperity.
NYSC Trust Fund Bill: Youth-based group commends National Assembly
In a related development, a non-governmental organisation, Empowerment for Unemployed Youths Initiative, recently commended President Muhammadu Buhari and lawmakers of the National Assembly for the efforts in ensuring the development of youths in Nigeria.
The group said it is remarkable that Nigerian lawmakers sought to empower Nigerian youths through the National Youth Service Corps Trust Bill which has passed its second reading.
Speaking at a press conference attended by Legit.ng reporter, the executive director of the organisation, Richard Audu after critical observation, it is clear that there is a synergy between the executive and the legislature especially as it concerns youth development.