According to one of the suggestions made at its top management retreat in Niger State, the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) may consider deploying corp members to the 16 member states of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).
Prof Oka Obono, a lecturer at the University of Ibadan, gave the proposition to the NYSC top management during the retreat in Suleja, Niger while delivering his lecture titled; “Strategies for Sustaining the NYSC in a Changing World.”
According to a release by the NYSC Director of Press and Public Relations, Mrs Adenike Adeyemi, and obtained by SaharaReporters, the agency will consider the suggestion.
The Varsity Don stated that the advantages of corp members being deployed across the West African sub-region would include the vast reduction of unemployment among the Nigerian youths as well as regional exposure.
Obono advocated that all stakeholders should embrace expansion strategies that would be of benefit to the youths.
“Expand operations to the West African region thereby reducing internal graduate unemployment and reducing pressures on the Nigerian labour market,” Prof Obono told the NYSC management.
He further advised that all stakeholders must adopt a high level of diplomacy and advocacy to positively engage the unlearned youths who are potential threats to societal peace and national development.
The NYSC Director-General, Brig Gen Shuaibu Ibrahim, in his remarks, said that the retreat was a platform for the scheme’s appraisal of its operations by the top management.
“We will intensify more on our proactive disposition to official engagements to move the Scheme Forward”, Ibrahim added