President Muhammadu Buhari has been urged by the Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA) to review the proposed National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) Trust Fund as soon as possible.
The trust fund, according to HURIWA, will reduce youth involvement in criminal activity and have a good impact on the next generation.
The recommendation was given to the president by NYSC Director General Brigadier General Shuaibu Ibrahim as part of efforts to improve the welfare of Corps members.
However, the rights group’s National Coordinator, Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko, stated in a statement that the trust fund will give NYSC financial autonomy.
When the monies are authorized, HURIWA believes NYSC will be able to use them to pay its administrative activities.
“HURIWA asks Buhari to consider the request officially made to him by the Management of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) for the establishment of a strong foundation for a Trust Fund for youths under the aegis of the NYSC Scheme,” HIRIWA says.
“HURIWA has been informed that the Trust Fund will provide the scheme with partial or full financial autonomy in funding its administrative operations, as well as assisting Nigerian graduates who have been privileged to pass through the scheme by providing a window to draw capital for their post-service entrepreneurial ventures.
“More importantly, HURIWA stated that the investment capital that the NYSC Trust Fund will offer to graduated Corps members will be a strong backup to the knowledge gained in the Skill Acquisition and Entrepreneurship Development (SAED) program.”
According to the rights organization, if the trust fund is established, it will reduce the number of ex-NYSC members looking for white-collar positions.
The fund, according to HURIWA, will assist in the growth of entrepreneurs who will use their entrepreneurial talents for national development.
The fund would also provide resources for training and empowering Corps members in skill acquisition and entrepreneurship growth, according to the statement.