By Adejumoke Alebiosu
Prof. Oka Obono, lecturer, University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Oyo State has advised the National Youth Service Corps to utilize the provisions of the ECOWAS Free Movement for the deployment of Corps Members across Member States.
He said this will reduce unemployment among the youth, and also curb the increasing rate of social vices among them.
Obono stated this recently while delivering a lecture titled; “Strategies for Sustaining the NYSC in a Changing World”, delivered at the 2021 NYSC Top Management Retreat held in Suleja, Niger State.
He advocated that all stakeholders should embrace expansion strategies that would be of benefit to the youths.
‘Expand operations to West African region thereby reducing internal graduate unemployment and reduce pressures on the Nigerian labour market,’ he said.
The Varsity Don, who bemoaned inter-ethnic distrust as the bane of the county’s problems commended Brigadier General Shuaibu Ibrahim for his exemplary leadership style since assuming duty as the 18th DG of NYSC.
He further advised that all stakeholders must adopt high level of diplomacy and advocacy to positively engage the unlearned youths who are potential threats to societal peace and national development.
Brigadier General Shuaibu Ibrahim , NYSC Director-General, in his remarks, said that the retreat was a platform for the scheme’s appraisal of its operations by the top management.
He added that it would also help to formulate new strategies that will guide its operations in a changing world.
‘We will intensify more on our proactive disposition to official engagements to move the scheme forward,’ he said.