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Reps to review NYSC bill

By Ola Ajayi
THE House of Representatives is set to review the bill that established the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) scheme to make life more bearable for corps members across the country.

This was disclosed by members of the House Committee on Youth who were on inspection tour of facilities at the permanent site of the NYSC in Iseyin yesterday.

The committee which was led by Nasiru Sule Garo from Kano State, inspected the facilities on ground to assess if the N3billion budgeted for the scheme in the 2009 fiscal year was judiciously spent or not.

Garo said it was the responsibility of the Oyo State Government to provide accommodation for the corps members and that it should try and complete the work it started on time so that the corps members could move to the site.

Though, he accepted that the job done so far was a quality one, he said it was moving at a snail’s speed.

He said, “we have inspected the project and we feel the state government is doing a good job. But, we were here last year and we can see now that the work is going slowly. We ask the state government to continue with the standard and to expedite the project so as to get hotel accommodation for our youths”.

The State Director, NYSC, Mr Gabriel Ibe, complained that the scheme is suffering from acute shortage of funds and facilities.

“We have insufficient facilities. The hostels we use now are classrooms and we had to pack our things before the students arrive. NYSC could be funded better. Whatever fund that is accrued to the scheme should come directly. Oyo State Government has been living up to its responsibility.

Out of five operational vehicles we have, it provided four for us”, he said.


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