The Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria, HURIWA, has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to speedily consider the proposed National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, Trust Fund.
HURIWA explained that the trust fund would curb youths involvement in crimes, adding that it would have a positive impact on the younger generation.
NYSC Director General, Brigadier General Shuaibu Ibrahim had made the proposal to the president as part of efforts to improve the welfare of Corps members.
However, the rights group, in a statement by its National Coordinator, Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko, said the trust fund would also create a financial autonomy for NYSC.
HURIWA said NYSC would be able to fund its administrative operations using the funds, when approved.
According to HIRIWA: “HURIWA urges for the speedy consideration of the request officially made to Buhari by the Management of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) for the setting up of a solid footing of a Trust Fund for youths under the auspices of NYSC Scheme.
“HURIWA is informed that the Trust Fund will create partial or full financial autonomy for the scheme in funding its administrative operations while also assisting Nigerian graduates, privileged to pass through the scheme in offering a window to draw capital for their entrepreneurial exploits, after the post-service era.
“More so, HURIWA noted that the investment capital which will be offered by the NYSC Trust fund to graduated Corps members will be a formidable backup to the knowledge acquired in the Skill Acquisition and Entrepreneurship Development (SAED) programme.”
The rights group stated that the trust fund when approved would reduce ex-NYSC members seeking white-collar jobs.
HURIWA pointed out that the fund would help raise entrepreneurs who would use their entrepreneurial potential for national development.
It further stressed that the fund would provide resources for the training and empowering Corps members on skill acquisition and entrepreneurship development.