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.