I feel sorry for the anxiously waiting corpers-to-be.
After much postponement of the 2016 National Youth Service Corp Batch A stream II program, the few fresh graduates finally went to camp for their three-week orientation on April 27. But reports say that batch A stream II has been postponed due to financial deficiency.
Director-general of the service Sule Kazaure, revealed the unpleasant information on Monday, May 16, when he appeared before the senate committee on youth and sports.
He reportedly stated that the funds required to run the exercise was not available, saying the NYSC commitee had tendered several letters requesting for funds. He said the federal government had yet to respond or do anything about it.
“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,”
“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 Saturday.
“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 explained.
Kazaure said he was hopeful that the presidency might respond at the last minute and provide the needed funds for the exercise.
He further revealed that the Chief of staff to the President Abba Kyari, had invited the minister of youths and sports Solomon Dalung to a meeting concerning the matter.
Chairman of the senate committee Obina Ogba assured the NYSC that the national assembly would interfere in the matter.
“We have listened to you and we are also disturbed by the problem at hand as regards paucity of funds for mobilisation of prospective corps members, NYSC is not something to joke with; even if it is though urgent supplementary budget provisions, the problem must be quickly tackled by the federal government.” Obina said.