The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) state coordinators and directors, South-South Zone, have been urged to reinvigorate the scheme’s Community Development Service (CDS) to reflect the needs of their communities.
Mr Ladan Baba, NYSC Director, South-South Area Office, gave the charge on Monday at a one-day strategic meeting with the officials held at its area office in Asaba.
He urged them to deliberate on policy implementation, consolidate on issues bonding the NYSC in the zone as a whole and seek ways to strengthen their working relationships at the meeting.
“The responsibilities of the area offices are essentially to ensure unity of command, provide efficient monitoring, strengthening of operational and administrative effectiveness of the scheme at the grassroots level.
“It will reduce the workload of both the national headquarters and the secretariats through decentralization process.
“I urge you to be open in your deliberations today and clearly make suggestions that will enable us resolve all emerging challenges confronting the scheme at all levels of our operations,” Baba said.
He lauded them for the successful participation of corps members as the Independent National Electoral Committee (INEC) ad-hoc staff members during the recently concluded 2023 general elections.
“Let me commend you all for the efforts in piloting the affairs of the scheme in your various divisions and secretariats, the successful hosting of orientation courses and passing-out and winding-up exercises,” the NYSC director said.
Speaking, Mrs Chinyere Ekwe, the State Coordinator of NYSC, Akwa-Ibom, said that the meeting would strengthen their relationship with the state government, corps members and other stakeholders.