A Catholic priest, Rev. Dr. Clement Muozoba has called for expansion of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) scheme to reduce increasing cases of unemployment and restiveness among Nigerian youths.
The cleric said sustaining scheme’s Skill Acquisition and Entrepreneurial Development (SAED)package would further enhance opportunities for absorbing corps members after their service.
Muozoba spoke on Sunday during NYSC thanksgiving service at Chapel of the Good Shepherd, Archbishop Obiefuna Retreat, Okpuno, Awka South Local Government Area of Anambra State as part of activities marking NYSC@50 celebration.
The cleric, who is Chaplain of National Association of Catholic Corps members decried increasing frustrations among corps members, charging them to have confidence on the scheme to ensure they benefitted maximally from all it offered.
He said, “We appreciate the special job NYSC management is doing in Nigeria especially among the youths in reforming and bringing them together.
“They’ve done wonderfully well despite several challenges, But there’s still more to do in view of the complicated nature of our society. Many youths are getting worse because of frustrations.
“They should do more by getting much closer to the youths and creating more opportunities for them after service. Government should also expand the scheme, including permanenting the skill acquisition package.
“The youths, on their part must have to comply with the principles of the scheme because good things are not easy to come by. They also have to improve themselves as they’ve come of age.
NYSC State Coordinator, Mrs Blessing Iruma appreciated religious organizations in the state for their support to the scheme.
Iruma who had earlier prayed with members of the Muslim community in the state, called for mutual relations between the community and the scheme in the state. .
She also solicited for their assistance towards completion of the ongoing mosque in the orientation camp before the rain intensfied.