Authorities of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) have disclosed that farming and crop production would be included as part of the one year primary assignment for corps members from the next service year.
The coordinator of the scheme in the FCT, Mr Bello Ballama made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja on Thursday.
According to him, the move was to help address the rejection of corps members by some corps employers through the engagement of more corps members in all aspects of farming and crop production.
He also warned that the scheme will no longer tolerate corps members dictating a place to be posted to, as the scheme is rejigging it posting policy to ensure that it comply with the vision of the scheme’s founding fathers and it will also adopt agriculture as the major job creator for corps members.
The coordinator said that the move was also aimed at boosting the NYSC Skills Acquisition and Entrepreneurship Development, SAED, Programme.
His statements reads;
“Corps members will be involved in all aspects of farming and crop production.
“This will not only support skills acquisition of NYSC but also governments plan of boosting agricultural production to improve self-reliance and achieve national growth and development.
“From this 2018 Batch ‘A’ Stream I set of corps members who are commencing orientation on April 19, we are going to look into all the farm formations and centres to be able to post corps members there.
“We have farms in the FCT and many other states of the country; the present leadership of the scheme is poised to ensuring the revival of all NYSC facilities including the farms.
“The NYSC is faced with the challenge of engaging the increasing number of corps members mobilised every year.
“We therefore, have to take proactive steps towards achieving our mandate and supporting the federal government’s plans for youth development.”