The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Lagos State, has appealed to employers of labour to pick up corps members from orientation camps to their places of primary assignments in line with the provisions of the NYSC Act.
The state Coordinator of NYSC, Mr Sunday Aroni, made the appeal at the swearing-in ceremony of the 2019 Batch ‘B’ Stream II corps members at the NYSC Temporary Orientation Camp, Iyana-Ipaja, Lagos.
He said that by law, employers of labour were expected to pick up corps members and take them to their establishments for service.
“We are just dusting the old books; the law has been there.
“Employers are expected to come to the camp, pick the corps members to their places of primary assignments because these corps members are strangers and they may miss their ways.
“The only thing you can do to welcome anybody to your establishment is to come here, pick him, take him to your establishment; then you have done well.
“It is not about the security challenges in the country; the law has been there; employers are expected to come and pick them and also drop them at the end of the service year,” he said.
He noted that the policy of the scheme required private employers to send requests for corps members to the NYSC, after which the NYSC would match available corps members to specific requests.
He, however, said that government establishments would not request for corps members because the Federal Government mandated NYSC to post corps members to government establishments.
“For private establishment, we send based on requests; NYSC does not post corps members to private establishments that have not requested for them,” he said.
Aroni said that 2,016 corps members – 916 males and 1,100 females – registered for orientation as at Wednesday (Aug. 21).
He said that during the orientation, the corps members would undergo various trainings designed to inculcate discipline in them.
He said that the corps members would be expected to use the platform to exhibit leadership qualities of courage, determination, diligence and integrity.
“On this note, I wish to re-present our appeal to His Excellency to graciously consider the commencement of construction of the NYSC Permanent Orientation Camp at Agbowa, Ikorodu.
“An increase in the number of corps-producing institutions which translates to increase in the number mobilised and deployed to Lagos State makes this a necessity.
“We pray that this dream will be a reality in no distant future,” he said.
The state Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu urged the corps members to take the Skills Acquisition and Entrepreneurship Development (SAED) training serious to become beneficiaries of start-up capital.
Sanwo-Olu was represented at the ceremony by Mrs Basirat Akinsanya, Director, Administration and Human Resources, Lagos State Ministry of Special Duties and Inter Governmental Relations.
According to him, the skills acquisition and entrepreneurship development initiative has been developed and added to the scheme to help corps members to acquire skills that would make them to be self-sufficient and accomplished entrepreneurs.
“I urge you to take the SAED training serious; through it, you could be beneficiaries of start-up capital from the Lagos State Empowerment Trust Fund which is in partnership with NYSC Lagos State.
“I implore you to participate actively in all camp activities and make good use of this orientation course to equip yourselves with the requisite attitude, knowledge and skills,” he said.
The Nigeria News Agency reports that the Chief Judge of Lagos, Justice Kazeem Alogba, administered the oath of allegiance on the corps members.
Alogba was represented by Justice Olubunmi Femi-Adeniyi.