The new Director-General of the National Youth Service Corps, Brig-Gen. Sule Kazaure on Monday took over as the 17th DG of the scheme, promising to be transparent and to prioritise the welfare of the workers and corps members.
Kazaure, who said this during the handing over ceremony in Abuja, said the tasks ahead are huge, but added that with unity of purpose, his administration would make progress.
He said, “I know that the tasks ahead are enormous and the road is rough, but with unity of purpose, we will make progress. Therefore, I urge all to be pro-active, positive and optimistic in all our dealings so that our individual effort will result into success in line with the vision of the present administration.
“On my part, I understand the importance of motivation for staff, I will endeavor to be fair, transparent in my administration to enable us succeed together.”
Earlier, the immediate past DG, Brig-Gen. Johnson Olawumi said the agitation for increase in the monthly allowance of the 260,000 serving corps members would soon yield the desired result.
He explained that the leadership of the scheme had written series of letters to the Federal Government on the issue, and “there seems to be a ray of light at the end of the tunnel.”
Olawumi urged the workers to extend the cooperation he enjoyed during his tenure to his successor.
“I want to call on my successor to please prioritise corps members’ welfare during the orientation camp and thereafter. In this regard, the Skills Acquisition and Entrepreneurship Development programme needs to be sustained to reduce the tide of unemployment and promote self-reliance amongst corps graduates,” He stated.
Olawumi took over the NYSC leadership on January 6, 2014.