The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) is considering the postponement of batch A Stream II orientation programme scheduled for Saturday over lack of funds.
This was disclosed by the director-general of the service, Sule Kazaure, on Monday when he appeared before the senate committee on youth and sports.
According to the NYSC boss, the orientation programme may be postponed because the money required for the exercise has not been provided by the government.
Kazaure noted that the NYSC had written several letters requesting for the money, but that as at Monday, it was yet to receive response from the federal government.
He said, “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.
“This is in spite of efforts made by us to get things done in that direction several weeks ago. The problem staring us in the face arose from the N13 billion shortfall we had in the 2016 budget estimate which the agency made strong request for its provision during budget defence.”
Kazaure, however, expressed the hope that the presidency might make last minute intervention by providing “the urgently-needed fund for the programme’’.