NYSC/NIDCOM: Partnering For Youth And National Development

NYSC/NIDCOM: Partnering For Youth And National Development
By Bridget Temtsen
The urgent need for the establishment and creation of Diaspora-NYSC Desk
office in the country has been stressed.
Such partnership will enhance further collaboration between the two
is responsible for the coordination and engagement of the Nigerians in
Diaspora in the policies, project and participation in the Development
of Nigeria.
NYSC,  on the other hand, which was established in 1973, is a mandatory
service for Nigerian graduates, which qualifies them for employment in
governmental establishments (and most private establishments) after
completion of one year service.
On this premise, the creation of Diaspora Desk at NYSC will go a long
way in not only enhancing the relationship between the two agencies but
assist in a long way to take adequate care of returning Nigerians from
The Chairman/CEO Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, Hon. Abike
Dabiri-Erewa made this cheering news known when she visited the
Director-General of National Youth Service Corps Brigadier- General
Shuaibu Ibrahim in Abuja.
The NIDCOM boss stressed the need for the second and third generation of
Nigerian youths to be adequately sensitised on the importance of coming
back home to contribute to the growth and development of their country.
The significance of this scheme is such that the certificate can
determine your space in the workforce.
Such was the fate of a former minister, whose appointment willingly came
to an end following the discovery that her NYSC exemption certificate
was fake.
One would wonder what effect the NIDCOM and Diaspora/NYSC relationship
has on our national and economic growth.
As the commission is responsible for engaging Nigerians in the diaspora
in Nigeria’s policies, projects and involvement in Nigeria’s growth, the
collaboration between NIDCOM and NYSC will create a better environment
for Nigerian youth in the diaspora to willingly return home to provide
services to their father’s land.
Sequel to this, the Commission has accommodated more NYSC members than
even some ministries for their service year, despite being a new and
young agency.
Only recently, a Corps member serving with the Commission donated her
March allowance to help her state government, Kogi state, in battling
the Covid-19 pandemic.
This enlightenment will help prepare the Nigerian Diaspora youth for
active involvement in the building of the Nation while the Diaspora-NYSC
desk office will encourage their enrolment in the scheme and direct them
appropriately through challenges (if any) they will face before, during
and after enrolment.
The partnership between NIDCOM and NYSC is therefore a good step in the
right direction as it would go a long way in educating Nigerian youths
in the  diaspora and teaching them national and civic values necessary
to foster nation building.
  Bridget Midong Temtsen is a staff writer in the Media and Public
Relations Unit of NIDCOM, Abuja.