A youth organisation, Nigeria Good Governance Group, has commended the NYSC Director-General, Brig-General Shuaibu Ibrahim, for his reforms in scheme.
The group, which will hold a public presentation on May 25, in his honour, in a statement signed by its national coordinator, Dr Thomas Uzah, on Sunday said it had scored the NYSC DG high on accountability, transparency and security and welfare of corps members and staff.
According to the statement, NYSC has witnessed a number of reforms that deserve commendation by all and sundry.
“The Nigeria Good Governance Group, which is a coalition of 20 CSOs in fulfilment of its mandate of monitoring accountability and transparency in governance, undertook a strategic assessment of the NYSC under the present administration with a view to highlighting the progress recorded in the years under review with regards to promoting national unity amongst the youths in the country.
“This assessment report was subjected to layers of scrutiny and verification to bring about a high level of objectivity and the actual state of affairs with the operations of the Scheme in the years under review (2019-date).”
The group said their assessment was based on first-hand information obtained from credible sources through interviews with relevant stakeholders, including both serving and past corps members, community leaders, religious institutions, parents and guardians.
“It was discovered that the NYSC under the present leadership has been relentless in inculcating the corps members the spirit of unity through a strict posting policy that ensures that corps members are posted to localities where they had not been to before in their lives with a view to understanding the culture and the way of life of other Nigerians.
“This much saw to a posting policy that is devoid of favouritism and preferential treatment, which was the norm and almost marred the smooth operations of the Scheme.”
The group further praised the NYSC Foundation that is set to launch a new youth empowerment initiatives to avail serving and ex-corps members the opportunity to utilise their talents and harness their potential in promoting the socio-economic development of the country, adding that NYSC DG has been able to galvanize support from critical stakeholders for the scheme by signing MOUs in critical areas such as agriculture, health, and education, therefore, enjoined Nigerians to rally round him to take NYSC to greater heights.