Minister Drags Parastatals For Rejecting Corps Members, Orders Acceptance

The Honourable Minister of Communications Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim (Pantami)  has issued an order instructing the agencies under his supervision to accept individuals posted under the National Youth service scheme and train them likewise.

The Honourable minister also directed the agencies to plan and execute special ICT Entrepreneurial skills capacity building programmes for serving Corps members to properly empower and position them as entrepreneurs instead of job seekers.

He added that he is confident that the measures being put in place 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.

This directive was disclosed in a press statement issued by Mrs Philomena Oshodin, the Deputy director, Press Unit of the ministry of Communications.

The statement read that,”the attention of the Federal Ministry of Communications has been drawn to the recent spate of rejecting Corps Members posted on National service by some Parastatals under its supervision.”

“The Honourable Minister of Communications Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim (Pantami) FNCS, FBCS, FIIM has therefore, directed that all Departments and Agencies under his purview must comply with the provisions of the law regarding the NYSC scheme.”

“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 National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) scheme was established by the Federal Government of Nigeria with the objective of inculcating the spirit of selfless service to the community, encourage and develop ties among youths and to emphasise the spirit of oneness and brotherhood in all Nigerians irrespective of cultural or social background.”

“It is in pursuant of this objective that the Federal Government mandated all Ministries Departments and Agencies (MDAs) to make adequate provision for Youth Corps Members to carry out their mandatory national assignment”, the statement read.

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