The newly-appointed Director General of the National Youth Service Corps, Brig. Gen. Shuaibu Ibrahim, will on Friday (today) assume office at the NYSC headquarters in Abuja.
This is in spite a probe by the Senate over his appointment, which was done by the Army after President Muhammadu Buhari started a 10-day private visit to the United Kingdom.
The NYSC confirmed the DG’s assumption of office in a statement on Thursday, saying the 18th DG hails from the Nasarawa Local Government Area of Nasarawa State and obtained a PhD in History from the University of Abuja.
The Nigerian Army had on April 26 redeployed the former DG of the scheme, Maj. Gen. Suleman Kazaure, and eight other generals in a major shake-up released from the army headquarters, Abuja.
Kazaure, who was the 17th NYSC DG, was redeployed to the Nigerian Army Resource Centre, Abuja, as a senior resource person, while Ibrahim was named as his successor.
The Senate had on April 30 given its Committee on Youth and Sports one week to probe the Army’s appointment of Ibrahim, after a motion by Senator Dino Melaye from Kogi State.
The senator had argued that the appointment of a DG for the NYSC was the sole responsibility of the President and not that of the Army headquarters.
Melaye had said, “According to Section 5 of the NYSC Act, a DG is to be appointed by the President. The Chief of Army Staff through a signal removed the DG and through a signal appointed his replacement. The Act gave authority to the President. Previous DGs were appointed by the President. The NYSC is not a formation of the Nigerian Army but was created by the Act of the National Assembly.”
But the NYSC Director of Press and Public Relations, Mrs Adenike Adeyemi, said on Thursday that the new DG would assume office on Friday (today) at its headquarters in Abuja.
The release partly read, “The newly-appointed DG will assume office on Friday. He will take over from Maj. Gen. Suleiman Kazaure at a ceremony at the National Directorate Headquarters of the NYSC, Abuja.”