Funds meant for the mobilization of Batch ‘A’ Stream two of the National Youth Service Corps members were released on Tuesday by the federal government.
The management of the NYSC, while revealing this added that the programme which is billed to begin on Saturday, will go on as planned.
The prospective corps members had shown concerns after the Director-General of the NYSC, Sule Kazaure, told the senate committee on youth and sports that the programme might be postponed as a result of lack of funds.
He had said, “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.”
But in a statement issued on Tuesday, NYSC said the funds have now been released, commending the government’s effort for intervening in the matter.
The statement reads, “The National Youth Service Corps wishes to express profound appreciation of the federal government’s intervention through the release of funds for the 2016 Batch ’A’ stream II orientation course.
“Consequent upon government’s intervention, Management is pleased to inform prospective Corps members, parents, guardians and the rest of the general public that the 2016 Batch ‘A’ Stream II orientation course will hold as planned.
“As a reminder, all are to note that the Orientation Course will commence on Saturday, 21st May, 2016 and end on Monday, 6th June, 2016.
“Therefore, all prospective corps members are advised to print their call-up letters online or collect same from their respective institutions of graduation as applicable.
“They are to report to the orientation camps in their states of deployment whose addresses would be shown on their call-up letters.
“Management wishes all prospective Corps members a hitch-free and rewarding orientation course.”