Thursday, 28 January 2016

ABUJA - The National Youth Service Corps has
ordered its personnel whose assets declaration
dates are due to make such declaration
immediately in line with the code of conduct for
public officers.
The Director-General of the NYSC, Brig- General
Johnson Olawumi gave the directive at the opening
ceremony of its 2016 Annual Management
Conference (AMC), in Asaba, the Delta State capital.
The DG in a statement issued in Abuja by his
Director of Press, Mrs Abosede Aderibigbe, said the
management had been very consistent in ensuring
strict adherence to policy guidelines in all aspects of
the scheme's operations.
Reviewing the activities of the scheme, Olawumi
recalled with delight the participation of corps
members in the successful conduct of the 2015
General Elections.
"I therefore wish to commend the political class,
security agencies, and the electorate for their
support to Corps members during the exercise. We
assure all Nigerians that given such opportunity in
the future, we will not disappoint the nation," he
added.
He also said the scheme, through its Health
Initiative for Rural Dwellers (HIRD), launched a
holistic medical outreach targeted at the rural poor
nationwide last year.
The DG added that the programme would be
sustained, and would especially be used in assisting
the country to contain the spread of lassa fever.
Olawumi called on state governments as well as
other international and private organizations to
support the HIRD achieve its objective of
contributing to quality health care delivery to all
nooks and crannies of the country.
He also urged stakeholders, especially corporate
bodies and individual philanthropists, to assist
towards sustaining the NYSC Hope Alive Initiative
which was introduced with the aim of providing
succour to corps members who suffer permanent
disability during the service year.
The DG told the gathering that the scheme had
installed latest security chips that could track a
distressed caller easily, and went on to advise
corps members to always call the NYSC Distress
Call Centre whenever the need arises.
He thanked all host communities and security
agencies nationwide as well as other stakeholders,
including the Delta State Government, for their
support towards the welfare and safety of corps
members.
Earlier in his welcome address, the Director of
Planning, Research and Statistics, NYSC Directorate
Headquarters Ven. Temitope Ajayi said the AMC
would generate ideas and formulate new strategies
with the aim of enhancing productivity and service
delivery for effective management of the youth.
"The focus of this conference is, therefore, to
brainstorm and come up with practicable solutions
that will reposition and promote the ideals of the
scheme in the face of the present challenges of the
operating environment," he added.

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