NewsOnline Nigeria reports that a lecturer at the University of Ibadan, Oyo state, Professor Oka Obono, has advised the NYSC management to deploy corps members to ECOWAS countries in order to curb graduate unemployment and at the same time foster unity and brotherhood among the ECOWAS bloc.
Obono gave the proposition during a retreat in Suleja, while delivering his lecture titled, “Strategies for sustaining the NYSC in a changing world.”
Obono stated that the advantages of Nigerian corps members deployed across the West African sub-region would include the vast reduction of unemployment among the youths as well as regional exposure.
He therefore, advocated that all stakeholders should embrace the expansion strategies that would be of benefit to the youths.
“Expand operations to the West African region thereby reducing internal graduate unemployment and reducing pressures on the Nigerian labour market,” Obono told the NYSC management.
The don, who described inter-ethnic distrust as the bane of the county’s problems, lauded the NYSC Director-General, Brig-General Shuaibu Ibrahim, for his sterling leadership quality since assuming duty as the 18th NYSC DG.
He further advised that all stakeholders must adopt a high level of diplomacy and advocacy to positively engage the unlearned youths who are potential threats to societal peace and national development.
If the Obono proposition gets the green light from the NYSC top managent, the scheme will deploy corps members to the 16 member states of the Economic Community of West African States.
The NYSC DG, General Ibrahim, in his remarks, said that the retreat was a platform for the scheme’s appraisal of its operations by the top management, adding that the retreat would also help to formulate new strategies to guide its operations in a changing world.
“We will intensify more on our proactive disposition to official engagements to move the Scheme Forward”, Ibrahim said.
According to investigations, FG through the NYSC scheme, all things being equal, will soon consider the suggestion.