The acting director-general of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Mrs. Christy Uba, has appealed to corps employers to make their work places conducive and smooth operating environment for optimal performance of corps members posted to them.
She made the call at the 2022 corps employers’ workshop organised in the South-south region held in Uyo on Friday.
Our correspondent reports that the theme for this year’s workshop is “Overcoming the Challenges of Corps Administration at the Grassroots: the Role of Corps Employers.”
Uba, who was represented by Mrs. Chinyere Ekwe, noted that to reposition the scheme for greater impact, it was necessary to take an evaluation of the managers and corps employers who manage corps members at the grassroots.
She said, “There is no doubt that since its inception in 1973, the NYSC Scheme has been at the vanguard of efforts geared towards the development of our people especially those who live in our rural communities.
“Stakeholders at different forums have always commented glowingly about the scheme’s achievements in the areas of education, health care delivery, agriculture, rural infrastructure, election processes, science and technology amongst others.
“May I remind us today that as critical stakeholders of the Scheme and foster parents to the corps members, corps employers are saddled with very important responsibilities, especially in the provision of facilities that are essential to the welfare of the corps members.
“It is important to note that while NYSC deploys corps members to various communities and establishments, the level and success of their performance will largely depend on the operating environment.”
Uba also noted that the engagement of the critical stakeholders would help in strategising ways for the effective utilisation of corps members for the benefit of the host communities.