Members of the public and prospective corps members who are concerned that the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) programme may have been scrapped will have to wait for official confirmation first as the scheme has dropped a big hint that such report may be false.
Deltaxclusive can report that the scheme has yet to receive any official confirmation of its scrapping from the presidency.
In fact, the NYSC has instead received assurances from the Federal Government that funds will be released soon to allow the scheme go on with the orientation course.
This much is contained in a statement released by the scheme’s Head of Press Unit, Mrs Abosede Aderibigbe in Abuja amidst speculations that the compulsory one-year service has been scrapped.
It however did not state a specific date for the commencement of the orientation course.
The statement reads: “Management wishes to inform prospective NYSC Corps members that, based on the assurance received from the Federal Government regarding release of funds, the 2016 Batch ‘A’ (Stream 2) Orientation course will start soon.
“Date of commencement will soon be announced and Prospective Corps members are, therefore, requested to watch out for specific date of the exercise, which will be made public as soon as all necessary logistics for effective conduct of the orientation course are in place.
“NYSC Management empathizes with the affected prospective Corps members, and appeals for continued patience even as all efforts on the matter are fast expedited.”
It will be recalled that the scheme had earlier assured prospective corps members on Saturday that the suspended 2016 Batch ‘A’ Stream 2 orientation course will commence soon.