The Director General of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Brig-Gen. SuleKazaure and immediate past DG of NYSC, Brig-Gen. Johnson Olawumi
The immediate past Director General of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Brig-Gen. Johnson Olawunmi yesterday handed over to the 17th DG of the scheme, Brig-Gen. Sule Kazaure.
Speaking at the handing over ceremony, Kazaure promised to priotise the welfare of corp member and staff. Acknowledging the enormity of the tasks ahead, he assured that with unity of purpose, all would be accomplished, Vanguard reports.
He said: “I know that the tasks ahead are enormous and the road is rough, but with unity of purpose we will make progress.”
The outgoing DG Olawunmi, during the ceremony spoke on the current agitation for the increment of the monthly allowance paid to serving corp members. According to him, the scheme had written series of letters to the Federal Government and they’ve received positive signals.
He said: “We have brought to federal government’s attention the urgent need to increase some of the allowances due to corps members and recent response suggests a strong ray of light at the end of the tunnel.
“The major challenge I had as director-general of the scheme is the increasing corps population which was accompanied with dwindling financial resources.
“It is rather unfortunate that we could not execute some major programmes and activities due to paucity of funds.
“The scheme was not able to handle some of its programmes especially the sports and cultural festival in 2015. “You may not be aware that series of letters that have been written and necessary follow up to the appropriate authorities on the need for proper funding of the scheme.
“This is especially important now that the current corps population has risen to 260,000 per year,” Olawunmi said. Olawumi therefore advised his successor to make the welfare of corps members and staff his top priority to boost their morale for effective service delivery.
“On Monday, Jan. 6, 2014, I assumed duty as the 16th Chief Executive of the scheme during which I pledged to be transparent, fair and just to all toward the uplifting of the scheme.
“To actualise this, I wrote out my vision for the scheme which aimed to increase the impact of the NYSC scheme and expand its value to critical stakeholders.
“I could not have achieved much if I did not get the loyalty and support of the staff; whether I fulfilled in my duties or not I leave it for you staff to judge me.
“I urged you staff of the scheme to continue to support the new head of the scheme to enable him consolidate on the successes and achievements so far recorded.
“Your role in the sustenance of the scheme cannot be overemphasized as this has over the years contributed to the development and progress of the country.”
Kazaure thin his response enjoined the staff to be more proactive to enable the NYSC achieve the desired success in line with the vision of the present administration.
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