Stakeholders call for improved safety, accommodation and other wellness programs for body members – Blueprint Newspapers Limited
Stakeholders in Anambra State called on institutions to liaise with community leaders and government to provide safe accommodation for members of the National Youth Service Corps amid the insecurity in across the country.
Stakeholders, who spoke at the 2021 Corps Employers Workshop held in Nibo, Awka South Local Government Area, Anambra State, under the title, Optimizing NYSC Partnership Corps / National Development Employers in the Context of the New Normal, observed that failure to provide corps members with adequate housing and other social benefits exposes them to insecurity, including sexual assault, kidnapping, immorality, theft and death.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Iyke Okeke, a teacher residing in Awka, said that it would be easier to improve the well-being of members of the body if employers could relate to leaders and people wealthy people at their main duty station for help.
Program guest speaker and director of Federal Government College Nise, Ms. Ijeoma Ekumankama, represented by Ms. Obiageli Onwuka, also pleaded with the corps employers to equip NYSC members serving in their respective institutions with skills to make them employable at the end. .
At a conference titled The Role of Ideal Grassroots Employers as a Catalyst for Effective Service Delivery, Ms. Amaka Anaekwe, Principal of Holy Cross School, Umuawulu, urged employers to engage body members with diverse responsibilities in their offices, as well as orienting them on the cultural practices of their host communities, work ethics and the rules and regulations guiding their establishments for optimal service delivery.
Previously, the Executive Director of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) Brigadier General Shuaibu Ibrahim, represented by the state’s NYSC coordinator Ms. Yetunde Baderinwa, had identified some of the challenges facing the program, including the rejection growing body limbs; helping Body members deal with their own rejection in stages; lack of provision for statutory welfare needs of Corps members; and inadequate arrangements for the safety of Corps members;
He further called on employers to utilize the services of Corps members, provide them with basic well-being, comfort and skills to enable them not only to contribute to nation-building, but also to become employers of labor at the end of their service.