The director general of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Brigadier General Suleiman Kazaure, on Monday, May 16, 2016, said lack of funds may hinder the mobilization of the 2016 batch A stream 2 corps members for the orientation course. The orientation is expected to commence on Friday, May 20, 2016
Brig. Kazaure spoke when he appeared before the Senate committee on Sports in Abuja. He told the committee that the money required was yet to be provided even as the orientation exercise holds simultaneously in 37 camps across the country.
According to him, the authorities of the NYSC had written several letters to the federal government requesting for funds to mobilise the prospective corps members for the three weeks orientation course, but the federal government had failed to give positive response to NYSC demands.
He told the senate committee that he wrote letters to the federal ministry of youths and sports, finance, budget and the presidency but all remained dumb to the demands of the NYSC.
He said “as at present we are at a loss over where to raise money to mobilise thousands of Nigerian graduates for the three weeks programme which is expected to resume this Friday.
“This is in spite of efforts made by us to get things done in that direction several weeks ago. The problem staring us in the face arose from the N13 billion shortfall we had in the 2016 budget estimate which the agency made strong request for its provision during budget defense”.
He told the committee that the chief of staff to President Muhammadu Buhari had invited the minister of youths and sports, Solomon Dalong, to see him over the matter.