Nigeria’s former Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to speed up assent to the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) Trust Fund bill.
Gowon made the call while Commissioning the NYSC Ultra-Modern ICT building and SAED Exhibition as one of the scheme’s activities to mark its 50th year anniversary in Abuja.
He said, the fund will bring about a notable turnaround in the scheme as it would help improve training facilities, provide start up capital for Corp members to finance their businesses in line with the skill acquired during the NYSC SAED programme.
“I want to assure you that that assent will be done , I got the assurance last night. I call on the respective state governments especially those who have not done so to intensify the upgrading of facilities in their orientation camps so as to provide a conducive environment that would enhance training of corps members during their three weeks orientation programme.” He said.
The Director General, NYSC, Brigadier General Yushau Dogara said the Information and Communication Technology Department was established following the expansion of the structure of the Scheme in 2014.
He said over the years, the operations of NYSC have become heavily challenged with tons of data in its daily activities owing to the increasing number of Corps members.
“The introduction of ICT in its operations has become inevitable and an essential tool for the smooth running of all areas of Corps administration,” he said.