A University of Ibadan lecturer, Prof. Oka Obono has advised the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) to take advantage of ECOWAS free movement provisions to deploy corps members to member states, saying this option could greatly reduce youth unemployment and also curb social vices among them.
Prof. Obono shared this on Thursday during his lecture titled “Strategies for Sustaining the NYSC in a Changing World” which he delivered while speaking at the 2021 NYSC Top Management Retreat, in Suleja, Niger state.
He further advised all stakeholders to embrace expansion strategies that would benefit the youths.
He was quoted as saying; “Expand operations to West African region thereby reducing internal graduate unemployment and reduce pressures on the Nigerian labour market”, he said.
The professor also condemned inter-ethnic distrust, describing it as one of Nigeria’s biggest problems and also commended Brigadier General Shuaibu Ibrahim, the NYSC Director-General for his exceptional leadership since assuming duty.
He further advised all stakeholders to be diplomatic and to positively engage unlearned youths who could later turn out to be threats to societal peace and national development.
The NYSC Director-General, Brigadier General Shuaibu Ibrahim also spoke at the retreat and in his remarks, he said the retreat was a platform for the scheme’s appraisal of its operations by NYSC management.
He rounded up by adding that it would also help to formulate new strategies that will guide its operations in a fast-changing world.
“We will intensify more on our proactive disposition to official engagements to move the scheme forward”, he said.