The House of Representatives has passed the bill seeking to establish a National Youth Service Corps Trust Fund. This bill passed the third reading at the plenary on Tuesday, 12 April, 2022.
The legislation is titled, ‘A Bill for an Act to Establish National Youth Service Corps Trust Fund for the purpose of providing a Sustainable Source of Funds for the National Youth Service Corps, Skill Acquisition, Training and Empowerment of Corps Members, Training and Retraining of the Personnel of the National Youth Service Corps, Development of Camps and NYSC formations and Facilities therein; and for Related Matters.’
It is recalled that the Bill passed the first reading at the House of Reps. on December 16, 2021 and the second reading on January 20, 2022.
Convener of the CSJET, Isaac Ikpa, at a press conference in Abuja, urged President Muhammad Buhari, to speedily assent to the bill after its passage by the National Assembly.
Ikpa said, “The House is obviously full of members that look at the future of the nation and consider just how well our growth as a people is important to the success of governance. Our place as a nation in the continent and the world is only further emphasised with bills such as this one, making it known who we are and how we conduct our affairs.”
“It is good to know that the full nation is coming to the realisation of acknowledging that NYSC is the best way to imbibe the spirit of nationalism in our youths. Now is the time for our young individuals to understand that the nation that they have once thought of giving up on, actually cares about their welfare and survival.
“This is the time they need to understand that they are Nigerians and not just Igbos, Yorubas, Hausas, and other tribes in the country. Meeting people from different parts of the country has helped many individuals understand other cultures and promotes unity amongst diversity. NYSC has made possible for our Nigerian youths.”
The proposed Fund is to “provide sustainable source of funds for NYSC, skill Acquisition training and provision of start-up capital to corps members, train and retrain the personnel of the NYSC, develop camps and NYSC formations and provide facilities therein.”
It will also “improve the general welfare of corps members and personnel of the scheme and enhance their preparedness to effectively discharge their statutory duties of promoting national unity, integration, self-reliance and accelerated development of the national economy.”
The bill partly reads, “The Trust Fund established under Section 3 of this Act covers all corps members, personnel of the NYSC, orientation camps, formations, facilities and for the overall improvement and efficiency in the discharge of their duties and responsibilities.
“The Trust Fund is to operate concurrently with the National Youth Service Corps scheme from the commencement of the bill.”
By NWANKWO, Grace Chinasa