The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), has assured university graduates and members of the public, that it has made necessary arrangements to ensure eligible prospective corps members, are mobilized in the next service year.
Director General of the NYSC, Brigadier-General Sule Kazaure, made this known in Abuja on Wednesday, during a media parley organized for editors and reporters from media houses.
Stream I of the next batch for NYSC mobilisation, which is the 2016 Batch ‘B’, will commence orientation exercise on November. 24 .
The 2016 Batch ‘B’ stream II are expected to commence orientation in January 2017.
Kazaure revealed that the scheme can only cater for 86,000 out of the 170,000 eligible for the next service year, but will make sure the rest partake.
“In the 2016 budget, provision was made for the mobilisation of a total of 210,000 corps members. However, the figure for both 2016 Batch ‘A’ and Batch ‘B’ has more than doubled the original projection,” he said.
“Like we did before the 2016 Batch ‘A’ orientation course, we have appealed to government for special intervention grant to mop up excess of this figure.
“So far, we have received the green light from the relevant government agencies to prepare for the mobilisation of all qualified prospective corps members.
“However, the limited cumulative capacity of the orientation camps nationwide necessitates a second stream orientation course for the 2016 Batch ‘B’ which is planned for January 2017.”
Kazaure also thanked President Muhammadu Buhari and some state governors, for their intervention in strengthening the operations of the NYSC.