Director General of the National Youth Service Corps, Ibrahim Shuaibu, has debunked plans to mobilise recent graduates in the country for the compulsory scheme.
Shuaibu, who disclosed this on Sunday May 17, 2020, in an interview, stated that only Batch A, Stream 1, who were asked to leave camp due to COVID-19 would be asked to complete orientation.
“We don’t know when we are going to start mobilising our corps members. You know our training is also structured like that of the military and paramilitary.
“You can see that the Nigerian Navy recently suspended its training for its freshly recruited cadets,” he said.
“So, the moment the coast is clear, we are going to key into the way others will conduct their exercise, so that our corps members can be called back soonest,” he added.
General Shuaibu, however, expressed delight over the success of the Scheme’s Skills Acquisition and Entrepreneurship Development programme and the plan to generate revenue from the creative ingenuity and productivity of corps members.
“The SAED programme has recorded tremendous successes, which can even be seen from the activities of our corps members in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Our corps members, nationwide, produced face masks, sanitizers, disinfectant tools, and automatic sanitizing machines. They are also involved in the sensitization and distribution of palliatives of some of these items to communities,” he concluded.