By Adejumoke Alebiosu
The National Youth Service Corps has embarked on a massive upgrade of its resources for effective planning, research, data collection and analysis of its activities and programmes, To this end, the NYSC Library, Archive and Museum have been equipped to document the invaluable contributions of the Scheme to national development.
The Director – General, NYSC Brig General Shu’aibu Ibrahim stated this today while delivering his address at the opening ceremony of the 2021 Planning, Research and Statistics ( PRS) Schedule Officers’ workshop holding at the Public Service Institute of Nigeria, Abuja.
Represented by the Director Human Resource Management Hajiya Habiba Bappa, the DG said the choice of this year’s theme: “Developing Research and Data Management Skills for Optimal Performance ” is to afford the Research officers an opportunity to upgrade their monitoring tools in line with global best practices.
‘The PRS Department will be afforded the opportunity to review and upgrade monitoring tools used during Orientation Courses. This will, undoubtedly bring about innovation, as well as regular updates and improved quality of reports from Schedule Officers of State Secretariats, Area Offices and the NDHQ.’
While reminding PRS Officers of their statutory responsibilities, the DG charged them to evolve strategies and innovations for effective planning, research, monitoring and evaluation of NYSC’s programmes.
‘As PRS Officers, you are the custodians of the Scheme’s Records, Library and Archival Resources, which serve as the hub for our intellectual property, as well as the think-tank of the Scheme. You must therefore guard them with all sense of responsibility.’ He emphasized.
The NYSC helmsman further informed the workshop participants of Management’s strategic intervention in upgrading the NYSC Library, Archive, as well as establishment of NYSC Museum at the National Directorate Headquarters to enhance proper documentation and promote reading culture.
Earlier in his welcome address, the Director, Planning, Research and Statistics (PRS) Alh Ahmed Wada Ikaka said the training would provide Schedule Officers the requisite knowledge and skills to facilitate effective job performance. He enjoined them to ‘show high level of proficiency on the deployment of ICT tools to optimize their performances.’
Alh Ikaka called on the PRS Officers to be focused and actively interact with the resource persons with a view to developing implementation strategies for critical evaluation and feedback mechanism towards improved performance.
It would be recalled that the NYSC Director – General recently unveiled Nine(9) Books on different subjects which encapsulated the numerous contributions of the Scheme to national development, and will serve as reference materials for research works.