The National Youth Service Corps said Thursday that corps members will now be posted to farms for the one year primary assignment in order to address corps rejection by some employers who can not engage the corps members posted to their organisations.
Further speaking on the issues, the NYSC FCT Coordinator, Bello Ballama, noted that the idea was also to boast skill acquisition of the corps members through the activities that would engage them in various categories of farming and crop production.
His words “Corps members will be involved in all aspects of farming and crop production. This will not only support skills acquisition of NYSC but also governments plan of boosting agricultural production to improve self-reliance and achieve national growth and development.
“From this 2018 Batch ‘A’ Stream I set of corps members who are commencing orientation on April 19, we are going to look into all the farm formations and centres to be able to post corps members there.
“We have farms in the FCT and many other states of the country; the present leadership of the scheme is poised to ensuring the revival of all NYSC facilities including the farms.
“The NYSC is faced with the challenge of engaging the increasing number of corps members mobilised every year.
“We therefore, have to take proactive steps towards achieving our mandate and supporting the federal government’s plans for youth development,”he said.
The coordinator said that in spite of discussion the scheme had with corps employers not to reject corps members, the NYSC was still faced with the problem every year.
He said that some corps employers do not provide accommodation and transportation to corps members who are left to suffer harsh living conditions.
“We have held a workshop with corps employers and have interacted with them and we look forward to a better relationship and working environment for corps members in the next year,“he said. The NYSC had stated that the scheme would adopt agriculture as the major job creator for corps members.