Prof. Oka Obono of the University of Ibadan (UI), on Thursday, advised the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) to utilize the provisions of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Free Movement for the deployment of Corps Members across the region.
Besides, he emphasised that the regional deployment would reduce unemployment and also curb the increasing rate of social vices among the youth.
Obono stated this while delivering a lecture titled: “Strategies for Sustaining the NYSC in a Changing World”, delivered at the 2021 NYSC Top Management Retreat held in Suleja, Niger State.
Prof Obono, in a release signed by Mrs. Adenike Adeyemi, Director, Press and Public Relations,
advocated that all stakeholders should embrace expansion strategies that would be of benefit to the youths.
“Expand operations to West African region thereby reducing internal graduate unemployment and reduce pressures on the Nigerian labour market,” he said.
The Don, who bemoaned inter-ethnic distrust as the bane of the county’s problems commended Brigadier General Shuaibu Ibrahim for his exemplary leadership style as the 18th DG of NYSC.
Besides, he also 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.
NYSC Director-General, Brigadier General Shuaibu Ibrahim in his remarks explained the retreat was a platform for the Scheme’s appraisal of its operations by the top management, adding that it would also help to formulate new strategies that will guide its operations in a changing world.
He added: “We will intensify more on our proactive disposition to official engagements to move the Scheme forward.”