In what has become a near-feature of this government, the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has gone back on its notice of mobilizing prospective corps members of the 2016 batch A, stream II for their orientation course as it has postponed their call-up indefinitely.
The prospective corps members were supposed to report to camp later this Saturday, May 21.
The management of the NYSC in a statement released on Thursday said the new date would be announced in due time.
“The Management of the National Youth Service Corps regrets to announce the postponement of the 2016 Batch ‘A’ (Stream II) Orientation course scheduled to commence on Saturday, 21st May, 2016 due to logistics reasons.
“We enjoin all Prospective Corps members to watch out for a new date to be announced later. All inconveniences are highly regretted, please,” the statement read.
Indications had earlier emerged that all was not well with the scheme when the orientation course was postponed from March 30 to April 30, owing to logistics, only to further reveal its lack of funds.
The truth of the financial difficulty of the corps was revealed by the Director General Brig. Gen. Sule Kazaure, who told the senate committee on youth and sports that it lacked necessary funds.
“We had written to federal ministry of youth and sports, finance, budget and the presidency even before the end of the orientation camp for Batch A, Stream One.
“We are presently at a loss in NYSC now as there is no money for us to mobilise thousands of prospective corps members in the Batch A Stream 2 to camp this Saturday,” he disclosed.
Curiously, the NYSC this Tuesday had thanked the government for its intervention, saying the orientation will go on as planned.
“The National Youth Service Corps wishes to express profound appreciation of the federal government’s intervention through the release of funds for the 2016 Batch ’A’ stream II orientation course.
“Consequent upon government’s intervention, Management is pleased to inform prospective Corps members, parents, guardians and the rest of the general public that the 2016 Batch ‘A’ Stream II orientation course will hold as planned,” the statement said.