The National Youth of Service Corps (NYSC) has overcome the incidence of wrong mobilization of corps members in Nigeria, according to the Director-General of the corps, Brig Gen Sule Kazaure.
Speaking in Ibadan, Oyo State capital during the opening ceremony of the 2016 Batch ‘B’ pre-mobilisation five-day workshop entitled: ‘Overcoming the Challenges of NYSC Mobilization Process: The Role of Stakeholders’, Kazaure stated that the NYSC achieved the feat as a result of the deployment of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), which, according to him, has helped in fast-tracking the process.
Kazaure said: “One of the recent initiatives of the scheme to improve the mobilization exercise was the complete computerization of the process. The deployment of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) did not only fast-track the process but has also helped the scheme to overcome the incidence of wrong mobilization and other associated problems.
“Like every human endeavour, the achievements recorded with the ICT notwithstanding, there is still room for improvement. However, the current management of the scheme subscribes to the principles of collective responsibility and the strength of team-work, hence the theme of this workshop.
“The NYSC pre-mobilization workshop is a forum that provides an opportunity for NYSC management and all stakeholders in the mobilization process to interact and to review past activities with a view to finding solutions to the challenges that might have arisen in the previous mobilization exercise.
“It also provides a platform to initiate measures to ensure the hitch-free mobilization and deployment of qualified Nigerian youths for the one-year mandatory national service.”
In the address of Oyo State governor, Sen Abiola Ajimobi, delivered by the Secretary to the State Government, Alhaji Olalekan Alli, he noted that his administration’s support and promotion for the NYSC ideals and programmes “are not in doubt and have been immensely demonstrated over the years.”
He enjoined all stakeholders in the NYSC’s mobilization process to support the drive of the NYSC’s management to achieve the goal solving every challenge associated with mobilization of corps members.
“The recent migration of the mobilization process (of corps members) from the analogue to digital method in line with global trends of the 21st Century deserves the commendation of all. It is, therefore, appropriate for us as individuals connected with this project to give our best for the benefit of our youths and the nation as a whole.”
Ajimobi also called on NYSC management to continue to expand the frontiers of the service scheme to meet its current and future challenges.
The Oyo State Coordinator of NYSC, Mrs Olufunmilayo Akin-Moses, said that wrong mobilization was rampant when NYSC was using the manual method. She added that using ICT (for the mobilization process) has effectively arrested a situation whereby graduates above 30 years, students that graduated from part-time programmes and members of armed forces would be wrongly mobilized for the scheme.