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Minister hails Management on Response to Challenges

The current management of the NYSC has been given a pass mark for the various initiatives taken in response to some challenges faced by the Scheme.

The Minister of Youth and Sports, Barrister Solomon Dalung, made the commendation in a goodwill message at the opening ceremony of the 2017 NYSC Annual Management Conference, which took place in Jos, the Plateau State capital.

He said the Federal Government and Nigerians had restored their confidence in the scheme and were happy with its performance.

Dalung, who was represented by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Mr. Adesola Olusola, praised the Management for the industrial harmony pervading the Scheme, especially as a result improved staff welfare and motivation.

"I am aware that the mass promotion in 2016 of staff, who have stagnated for years, the 100% attendance of staff at every Orientation Course, the clearing of all outstanding staff financial claims, the increasing mobility of staff due to approval of overdue transfers, the creation of more staff training opportunities among others, can all be linked to this new level of motivation and excitement by the staff of NYSC nationwide," he said.

He also noted the vigour and commitment with which has established zonal skills centres in Gombe and Ekiti States as well as the ongoing construction of the one for the South-South in Delta State.

Dalung further noted that the decision of Management to resuscitate the moribund NYSC farms beginning with the ones in Bauchi, Kebbi, FCT, and Oyo had boosted the increasing relevance of the Scheme.

He gave assurance of the Federal Government's commitment to the sustenance of the Scheme.

Earlier in her introductory speech, the Director of Planning, Research and Statistics, Mrs. Victoria Okakwu, said participants at the AMC gathered to appraise the operations of the NYSC with a view to evolving new policy direction for improved service delivery.

She said the choice of Jos as venue of the conference was informed by support and hospitality the Scheme enjoys from the government and people of the state.

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