Wednesday, 19 July 2017

‘NYSC fixes orientation date for stream 2 Batch A corp members’

The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), has fixed July 26, 2017 for the commencement of orientation for prospective Stream 2, Batch A corp members nationwide.

The orientation programme will close on August 15, Premium Times reports.

A source in the agency said Tuesday that the agency fixed the date during an extended management meeting on Monday.

The date is however subject to availability of funds, the source highlighted.

“We are expecting 72,000 corps members in Stream 2,” the source said. “We don’t want to mobilise them for orientation only to be short of money midway. We want to make sure we have enough resources.”

The official said the agency approached the Federal Government for urgent release of funds.

“We learnt Acting President Yemi Osinbajo has approved a special intervention for us as we requested,” the source said. “The minister was out of town on Monday. We expect that as soon as he arrives, the money issue would be concluded.

“It takes three days for transferred funds to hit NYSC accounts. If that happens before Friday, we will go ahead with our plan to open camping on July 26. But if there is a delay, we will move the programme forward a bit.

“But I can tell you that we are ready for the programme.”

When contacted, Bose Aderibigbe, the spokesperson for the NYSC, declined comment on the orientation date, saying her agency would make an announcement as at when due.

“The date will be communicated when we are ready, ” she said. “Tell the prospective corps members to be patient. We are working hard for a hitch-free orientation for them. Our staff are ready.”

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