Lokoja - The Kogi Deputy Governor, Yomi Awoniyi, has said that the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) needs more funds from the Federal Government to sustain and improve on the welfare of the members.
A statement issued by his Press Secretary, Michael Abu, in Lokoja on Monday, said Awoniyi made the appeal when he received members of the House of Representatives’ Committee on Youth Development.
The members were in the state as part of their tour of NYSC orientation camps nationwide.
The deputy governor said the budgetary provision to the scheme had remained stagnant even in the face of increasing number of corps members nationwide.
Awoniyi said the poor allocation to states had made assisting the NYSC scheme an additional burden.
He called for extra budgetary support to the scheme so as to improve on the welfare of serving corps members.
Awoniyi described the scheme as one of the laudable unifying programmes in the country.
He said that stakeholders’ efforts aimed at sustaining the scheme was what the country needed at this critical moment of the nation’s history.
Awoniyi noted that the present administration in Kogi had increased the monthly subvention to the scheme.
He said it had also built new hostels, toilets and the perimeter fencing at Asaya camp, apart from constantly replenishing the consumables needed by the state NYSC.
He promised to look into the request of the committee towards improving corps members’ welfare.
Earlier speaking, Kamaru Mudashiru, Chairman of the committee, said the tour of Kogi was to see first-hand the well-being of the members of the scheme.
Mudashiru disclosed that the need for partnership with states to improve the welfare of corps members became necessary because of the scheme’s importance.