By DAYO ADESULU
Hope of final year students in Nigeria public universities getting call-up letters to participate in the batch ‘C’ National Youth Service Corps will be dashed, due to the ongoing strike of the Academic Staff Union of Universities ASUU.
A reliable source close to the NYSC authority who pleaded anonymity, yesterday said: “Presently, the potential graduates from private universities are being given call-up letters for the batch ‘C’ one year mandatory service of their father’s land. But for those in the public universities, there is no way they can participate in the batch ‘C’ while ASUU is on strike.”
The source explained that since ASUU strike does not affect all facet of the tertiary education, it can not deprive students from other institutions who are qualified and ready to serve their father land.
Meanwhile, the NYSC Director-General, Brigadier-General NT Okorie Affia while addressing SAED officers who came for planning meeting from the 36 states and Federal Capital Territory yesterday in Lagos stated that he is satisfied with the disposition of corps members to the SAED programme. He said: “The innovation has culminated in over 180,000 of corps members gaining the necessary information that will galvanize their live.”
He urged participants at the meeting to make useful contributions and critique of aspects of the programme for the sole purpose of designing a legacy for the nation building project.
On her part, the State Coordinator, NYSC Lagos Mrs Adenike Adeyemi pointed out that since inception of SAED in the state, NYSC have empowered thousands of corps members with entrepreneur skills that have better their lives.”We can safely say over a hundred entrepreneurs have been created by Lagos State SAED.”