The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) is to commence online registration of prospective corps members in the country before the end of the year.
The Director General of the scheme, Brig.-Gen. Johnson Bamidele, told the 2014 Batch B pre-mobilisation workshop in Enugu on Wednesday that the automation was one of the major issues that would be addressed in the course of the meeting.
“We are now looking at a process where the mobilisation of all prospective corps members will be done online.
“The key thing is that a prospective corps member who lives in Enugu for instance and graduated from Sokoto will not have to travel to the north for their
“All that will now be done online. We are looking at starting with Batch B, but if it will not be feasible we then start with Batch C,” he said.
Bamidele said the scheme would also look at the prospects of policy reviews to widen its scope.
“As we are aware, we deploy corps members to four key areas of agriculture, health, education and rural
“But we are now trying to see if we can expand beyond these areas so that we can mitigate some of the problems we are having with what we are doing,”
Bamidele said that if the proposed review scaled through, corps members would be deployed to such
sub-sectors as banking, oil and gas,
telecommunication and others.
In his goodwill message, the Chairman of the NYSC Governing Board, Chief Gordon Bozimo, said the computerisation of the scheme was a dream realised.
“This is expected to snowball into a concrete implementation that will not only reduce the stress of registration but put an end to the mobilisation of
unqualified persons for national service.
Bozimo said the governing board was aimed at adding value to the operations of the scheme.
“One of the principal ways of achieving this is by ensuring that it institutes transparency into the scheme’s operational procedures.
“The board is totally in support of the management and I am encouraged by the cooperation we have been receiving so far.
“The happy point for me is that we can rally efforts to jointly move the scheme forward in the interest of our nation,” Bozimo said.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the theme of the workshop is ‘Consolidating Effective Strategies for a Credible Mobilisation Process’. (NAN)