No Money: NYSC set to postpone orientation programme

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PIC.11. CROSS SECTION OF BAUCHI AND YOBE STATE NATIONAL YOUTH SERVICE CORPS MEMBERS AT THE 2013 NYSC BATCH “C’ ORIENTATION CLOSING CEREMONY IN GANJUWA LGA OF BAUCHI STATE ON TUESDAY (26/11/13).

UPDATED VERSION

The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) is considering the postponement of batch A Stream 11 orientation programme scheduled for Friday due to paucity of funds for the programme.

This was disclosed by the Director General of the organization, Brig. Gen. Sulyman Kazaure, said on Monday when he appeared before the senate committee on youth and sports.

He revealed that thousands of prospective corps members slated for mobilization on Friday may not be called up due to non-availability of fund arising from N13billion shortfall in the NYSC 2016 budget.

“We had written to federal ministry of youth and sports, finance, budget and the presidency even before the end of the orientation camp for Batch A, Stream One,” he said.

“We are presently at a loss in NYSC now as there is no money for us to mobilise thousands of prospective corps members in the Batch A Stream 2 to camp this Friday.

“This is in spite of efforts made by us to get things done in that direction several weeks ago. The problem staring us in the face arose from the N13 billion shortfall we had in the 2016 budget estimate which the agency made strong request for its provision during budget defence.”

Kazaure, however, expressed the hope that the presidency might make last minute intervention by providing the urgently-needed fund for the programme.

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