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  • Updated: March 24, 2024

HURIWA tasks Akpabio on NYSC trust fund

HURIWA tasks Akpabio on NYSC trust fund

The Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA),has called on the Senate President, Godswill Akpabio to ensure the approval of the National Youth Services Corps(NYSC), trust fund as this will be a worthy legacy to leave behind.

The group in a statement on Sunday, signed by the National Coordinator Emmanuel Onwubiko noted, the approval and establishing of the trust fund will save the integrity of the Senate after the budget padding drama that ensued.

HURIWA acknowledged that it has been assured that the NYSC'S  Youth Trust Fund if established, will “Primarily, be focused or purposed to address the infrastructural deficit besetting the Scheme in the area of camp renovation and maintenance; upgrading, building and maintenance of Corps Members’ Lodges, among others.

“Statutorily, the Scheme as it were, has a tripartite funding arrangement, the Federal, State and Local Governments, with each having varying degree of responsibilities.

“Over the years, the Scheme has equally partnered governmental and non-governmental institutions in the area of providing start-up capitals to Corps Members to fund their business initiatives under the NYSC Skill Acquisition and Entrepreneurship Development programme which is a direct answer to the often asked rhetorical question: After the NYSC what next?.

“The Trust Fund will provide funds to a greater percentage of Corps Members trained under the NYSC Skill Acquisition programme to start-up their businesses.

“It is appropriate to clarify that the Fund which passed public hearing, with civil societies, the academia, among others, fully represented is not a pool of slush fund meant to gratify the financial cravings of top military officers as erroneously stated by the writer of the story."

The Senate had emphasized that the NYSC Trust Fund Bill would address the issue of unemployment currently being experienced by graduates.It noted that the fund was meant to empower corps members with necessary skills during their one year mandatory service.

The red chamber also said each of the corps members would be encouraged to access loans  from the Trust Fund for the purpose of establishing small scale businesses based on the skills they’ve acquired at the camps.

HURIWA therefore urge the leadership of the 10th Assembly to utilise the historic opportunity offered by the passage of the bill to gain some credibility and mileage in the public eyes, by lobbying president Tinubu to sign without any waste of time the NYSC Youth Trust Fund.

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