June 14, 2024

NYSC: Corps members’ welfare non-negotiable – DG

NYSC denies posting corps members to Oyo Amotekun

By Luminous Jannamike

The Director General of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Brig Gen YD Ahmed, has assured that the welfare of corps members is non-negotiable.

Ahmed made the promise in Abuja on Friday at the opening ceremony of the 2024 NYSC Information and Public Relations Officers’ Training Workshop.

He said the scheme is always ready to protect the welfare of corps members and prioritizes their security and well-being.

The NYSC DG also dismissed calls for the scrapping of the NYSC, suggesting that those advocating for its dissolution had not experienced the benefits of the scheme firsthand.

He further highlighted the scheme’s achievements in agriculture, health, education, and security consciousness.

Ahmed stated, “As the Director General of NYSC, I can assure you that we are always ready to protect the welfare of corps members and we have always done our best to make sure their security is guaranteed and welfare well taken care of. Everything that has to do with their welfare is what we’re after and equally their security. We take the security of corps members as our priority.

“I can’t believe that the NYSC should be scrapped. Those agitating for its scrapping have not participated in the Scheme.

“We have always been active in agriculture. We have NYSC farms here in Kwali Abuja, we have over 20,000 hectares. We have a farm in Ebonyi at Abakaliki, we are very active there. We have a farm in Bauchi, where we are very active.”

Also, the Director of Information and Public Relations, Mr. Eddy Megwa, announced his retirement from the service after 34 years, expressing gratitude to the NYSC DG, top management, and stakeholders for their support during his tenure.

He said, “With your support and cooperation, we were able to among others: Cultivate and sustain a robust engagement with the media and other stakeholders which ensured improved corporate image for the Scheme… Establish the NYSC Radio and Television Stations to enhance publication of the programmes of the Scheme and improve its visibility in the media space.”

Megwa’s retirement marks the end of an era in NYSC’s public relations management.

The workshop, themed ‘Retooling Public Relations Officers for Modern Corporate Image Management,’ aims to equip PR officers with skills to effectively manage the scheme’s image.

Additionally, the NYSC unveiled the newly-established media department to enhance its public relations capacity.

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