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NYSC to render assistance to Sierra Leone for the success of a similar scheme in the country


The
National Youth Service Corps has restated its readiness to provide
technical assistance to Sierra Leone for the success of a similar scheme
in that country as soon as it gets the nod from the Federal Government.

The
Director-General, Brigadier General Sulaiman Kazaure, gave the
assurance at a debriefing meeting with a Sierra Leonean Government
delegation which came to Nigeria to understudy the NYSC to enable the
country achieve success in its newly established National Youth Service.
The
debriefing meeting followed an interaction with the NYSC Management
team last Monday and a two-day on-the-spot monitoring of the 2017 Batch
‘A’ (Stream One) Orientation Course activities at the NYSC Orientation
Camps in Kaduna State and the FCT.

Kazaure
said the timing of the Sierra Leone team’s visit to Nigeria was
deliberately planned to coincide with the period of the Orientation
course in view of its significance as a cardinal programme that serves
as the launch-pad for the national service.
He assured that the
NYSC would give its best, including the release of personnel, in a bid
to provide adequate guidance and help Sierra Leone lay a strong
foundation for its National Youth Service.
The Director-General,
however, pointed out that the terms and procedures involved in the
provision of the technical assistance would have to be formally worked
out at governmental level between the two countries.
Earlier, the
leader of the Sierra Leonean team, Dr. Sheku G. Kamara, said that the
team had been greatly inspired by what it learned about the NYSC during
its engagement in Nigeria.
“All our expectations have been
exceeded. We shall be eternally grateful. We are confident that what we
have learned will enable us create a successful Sierra Leonean National
Youth Service,” he said.
Kamara call for a formal collaboration
that would enable Nigeria extend further assistance to his country
through exchange of personnel and technical expertise, provision of
equipment and materials such as uniform as well as provision of vehicles
to enhance coordination, monitoring and inspection.
Other areas
of assistance requested include capacity to set up website and ICT
integrated portal to strengthen enlistment procedures; opportunities to
attend NYSC trainings, workshops and research; as well as skills and
entrepreneurship development activities.
Earlier, the Chairman of
the NYSC reception committee, which took the team on the guided tour,
Mr. O. J. Amusan said the Sierra Leoneans were at the Permanent
Orientation Camp in Kaduna State to observe verification and
registration formalities and were entertained with cultural performance.
Amusan
said the team also witnessed the swearing-in ceremony of the 2017 Batch
‘A’ (Stream One) Corps members at the FCT Orientation Camp; adding that
officials shared technical information with them at both camps.

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