The Federal Government has said it will not listen to calls that the National Youth Service Corps scheme should be abolished.
The Minister of Youth Development and Sports, Mr. Solomon Dalong, who made this known in Lagos during an inspection tour of the Lagos State NYSC orientation camp in the Iyana Ipaya area on Tuesday, said the NYSC had come to stay, adding that its merits outweighed its disadvantages.
While pledging the Federal Government’s continued support for the scheme, the minister said that plan was in place to train interested graduates in skills acquisition after the mandatory one-year service.
He said such graduates would be provided with a start-up capital at the end of the training, which according to him would indirectly stimulate interest in education.
Dalong expressed satisfaction at the state of the Lagos NYSC orientation camp, and thanked the Lagos State government for its support for the scheme.
Responding, the Director General of NYSC, Brig. Gen. Johnson Bamidele Olawumi, expressed gratitude to the minister for his visit and promised that his administration would do its best to uplift the NYSC scheme towards the economic growth and development of the country.