The Director-General of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Brig.-Gen. Johnson Olawumi, has revealed that there are plans to make the scheme voluntary for graduates in order to reduce the corps population and sustain it.
Olawumi made the disclosure in a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari, during a briefing of the president with officials of the Federal Ministry of Youth Development, led by the Permanent Secretary, Rabi Jimeta.
In his reaction, the President pledged that his administration will take all necessary actions to maintain and improve the National Youth Service Corps scheme as a functional vehicle for the promotion of national unity and integration.
Buhari affirmed his confidence and trust in the scheme, saying that the objective for which the scheme was established in 1973 was still very relevant for national development.
He said, “I firmly believe in NYSC and I think it should remain a national programme to promote integration.
“Whenever I go home to Daura, I look out for corps members from Lagos, Aba and other parts of the country.
“I am always thrilled to learn that except for the NYSC, some of them have never left their states of origin to visit other cities in the country”, the president added. (NAN).