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NYSC ranks as Lagos Most friendly State

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NYSC ranks Lagos Most friendly State

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Lagos State has been ranked as the most friendly to the National Youth Service Corps scheme.

Chairman of the NYSC National Governing Board, Ambassador Fatima Balla Abubakar, said Lagos remained the only state across the federation supporting the scheme with quarterly subventions to keep activities going.

Abubakar disclosed this yesterday when she led members of the Board on a courtesy visit to Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu at the State House, Marina.

The scheme’s Board chairman commended the State Government for setting up state-of-the-art security apparatus at the Iyana Ipaja NYSC Orientation Camp and for prompt payment of State allowances to Corps members.

She said: “We are aware of what the State Government has been doing for NYSC in Lagos. We have found out that Lagos is one of the most  friendly States to the scheme. Our State coordinator has full access to all government stakeholders, which is the reason the scheme is being run smoothly in Lagos.

“Lagos Government, without being prompted, pays quarterly subventions to the scheme in the state. This is a major progress for NYSC, because we know what the scheme is going through in other states. This is something unique and we convey our appreciation to the governor for this opportunity.”

Sanwo-Olu received the NYSC Board members in company with the Deputy Governor, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat, and Special Adviser on Special Duties and Inter-Governmental Relations, Mr. Mobolaji Ogunlende.

The governor said the state’s support to the scheme was to enable corps members to reflect high sense of commitment and responsibility in discharging assignments handed to them in the course of the service year, including their ad hoc engagements in electoral process.

Sanwo-Olu said Lagos approved a monthly stipend for Corps members that is about three times higher than what other states pay, because of the need to make them comfortable and enable them contribute their efforts towards development.

He said: “As a responsible government, we understand how critical the contributions of Corps members are to accelerate development in communities across the state. Beyond being graduates serving their country, they are also the leaders we will be passing the baton of leadership to in not too distant future. As such, we see Corps members as part of those we need to help develop and take their comfort as our responsibilities.”

This article was updated 1 month ago

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