Nigeria’s Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare, has promised to formally present the memo for the establishment of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) Trust Fund to the Federal Executive Council (FEC) in the first quarter of next year.
The minister disclosed this during the official unveiling of NYSC’s maiden movie titled, ‘A Call to Service’, in Abuja at the weekend.
He said, “this movie is a rallying point for the Scheme and will ensure that the NYSC Trust Fund is eventually approved. Probably, by the end of the first quarter of next year, when we would have done everything necessary, I will present the memo to the Federal Executive Council (FEC) for the establishment of the NYSC Trust Fund.”
According to Dare, the timing of the movie would not have been better after weeks and months of debate on whether NYSC is relevant or not, whether it should die or continue and whether it is still serving the reason for its creation or should be scrapped.
“This movie will appropriately give the answer to the critics of this debate. After this premiere, this movie must travel all parts of this country and beyond because NYSC has come to stay,” he stated.
The minister who commended the NYSC DG, Brigadier General Shuaibu Ibrahim for his impactful leadership added that, “I thought I am a workaholic until I met my match . Sometimes he makes me feel guilty because of his dedication and approach to work. We have seen his impactful leadership and he has even made my job easier as a Minister because most time I call him to discuss an initiative, I will find out that he was already doing or has plans to start such programme.He would not have achieved it without the directors and staff of the Scheme”.