Adebiyi Adedapo in Abuja
The immediate past Director General of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Brig. General Johnson Olawumi, monday promised that efforts to ensure an increase in the monthly allowance for serving corps members would soon yield result.
This is just as the newly appointed Director General, Brig-General Sule Zakari Kazaure, took over the reigns of power as the 17th director general of the scheme.
Olawunmi during the hand over ceremony at the NYSC national secretariat in Abuja, explained that the management had written series of letter to the federal government to that effect.
“There seem to be a ray of light at the end of tunnel,” he said.
Kazaure who succeeds Olawunmi who was redeployed to the Nigeria Army School of Electrical and Mechanical Engineering, promised to ensure welfare of corps members and the staff.
Kazaure noted that the tasks ahead was huge, but sought unity from the management and staff to achieve the NYSC mandate.
“I know that the tasks ahead are enormous and the road is rough, but with unity of purpose we will make progress. Therefore, I urge all to be pro active, positive and optimistic in all our dealings so that our individual effort will result insuccess in line with the vision of the present administration,” he said.
Kazaure added: “On my part, I understand the important of motivation for staff, I will endeavor to be fair, transparent in my administration to enable us succeed together. I want to appeal for the support and loyalty that you gave outgoing DG in the achievement made toward moving the scheme to the greater height.”
Olawumi however, urged the staff to extend the cooperation he enjoyed during his stay in the scheme to the new DG to achieve the desired result.
“I am glad to mention here that since I came on board, I have said times without number that NYSC staff are industrious, competent and committed. I am also proud to say that your unalloyed loyalty, support and general work ethics during my two years, three month tenure. I could not have achieved much if I did not get your loyalty and support. In the same vein, I crave your indulgence to continue to support the new Director-General to enable him consolidate on the success and achievements so far recorded. Staff have a lot to contribute in sustenance of this laudable scheme which over the years has contributed in no small measure to the development and progress of the nation.”