“NYSC corps members are overused” – DG cautions employers

Brig.-Gen. Shuaib Ibrahim, Director-General (DG) of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), has urged employers not to “overuse” Corps Members, instead treating them as permanent employees.

Ibrahim made the request at a 2021 NYSC Corps employers workshop in Kaduna on Wednesday, represented by the scheme’s North West Area Office Director, Hajiya Zainab Isah.

‘Optimizing the NYSC Corps Employers Partnership for National Development in the Context of the New Normal’ was the workshop’s theme.

Ibrahim bemoaned the fact that Corps employers don’t always assign Corps Members tasks that are appropriate for graduates.

“Some Corps employers offer Corps Members an excessive amount of labor and rarely allow them to take a break.”

The DG, on the other hand, stated that the plan would monitor and prevent such attitudes among Corps employers.

“Employers should regard Corps Members as permanent employees because they are also their duties during national service.”

“The health and well-being of the Corps members are very key as that of permanent staff in any organization, they must take care of them to complement the scheme in trying its best in ensuring their safety and health.

“The scheme is doing its best financially and otherwise to take care of the Corps Members, detaching the Corps Members from their biological parents automatically goes down to the NYSC staff and Corps employers from assuming the roles of their parents,” the DG said.

He further cautioned the Corps employers on delay in applying and not applying at all for the services of Corps members and expecting them to be posted.

He also frowns at the increasing rejection of Corps members; aiding them in stage-manage their own rejection, delaying in issuing monthly clearance to deserving Corps members, and aiding their abscondment.

The DG, however, warned Corps members against unapproved traveling, shun truancy, and prioritize personal security.

Earlier, the State Coordinator of the scheme, Alhaji Isah Wana, said the achievement of the scheme’s objectives could only be sustained through the collective efforts of all stakeholders, including the managers of the Corps members.

He said the workshop was aimed at obtaining feedback from the strategic stakeholders on the strength, weaknesses, and potentials of the scheme as well as chart ways of strengthening its operations.

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