Director-General, National Youth Service Corps, Brig-Gen. Shuaibu Ibrahim, has called for establishment of the National Youth Service Trust Fund that will cater for financial empowerment of all corps members as they pass out.
Ibrahim, according to a statement by the NYSC spokesperson, Mrs Adenike Adeyemi, made the call in Abuja Thursday when he visited a former Head of State and founder of the NYSC, General Yakubu Gowon (rtd) at his residence.
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He said the fund would help corps members to start their vocational businesses with the skills they acquired from the NYSC Skill Acquisition and Entrepreneurship Development Programme in the course of service.
He said the fund would also reduce the level of unemployment among the youth and curb the increasing rate of crime in the country.
“The introduction of the Trust Fund will take a lot of financial burden off the state governments,” the NYSC DG said.
Gowon promised to liaise with all the relevant arms of the government towards ensuring establishment of the fund.
“There’s the need to make the Scheme more relevant and improve its standard. We’ll continue to encourage the youths to do their best,” he said.