The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), on Monday, commenced a four-day training exercise for its inspectors on ways to tackle insurgency, kidnapping and other challenges.
The training, which is being held at the NYSC orientation camp in Abuja, will also focus on how to handle the rising cases of rejection of corps members by employees.
The exercise, which is for inspectors in northern states, has the theme: “Capacity Building for NYSC Inspectors In The Face Of Emerging Challenges In Corps Administration”.
In a speech to flag-off the activity, NYSC Director-General, Brig.-Gen. Suleiman Kazaure, said that the training was aimed at empowering the scheme’s officials on ways to deal with “formidable operational challenges caused by corps population explosion”.
“We specifically want to take them through ways to meet challenges like corps rejection, insurgency and kidnapping.
“These issues have, in recent times, become regular occurrences that the scheme and its officers have had to grapple with, hence the need to train officers.
“In the face of these challenges, this training is designed to update knowledge and equip officers sufficiently, so as to be on top of demands from such responsibilities at all times.”
He said that the training would sharpen and improve the appraisal skills of participants, improve the performance level of NYSC inspectors and boost the self-confidence of inspectors.
“That self confidence is necessary for optimal performance of their duties,” Kazaure pointed out.
Earlier, Director, Corps Welfare and Inspectorate, Mrs. Victoria Okakwu, had described the NYSC scheme as a dynamic organisation dealing with the educated segment of the youth population.
Okakwu said that it was necessary to ensure that officers, who were administrators and charged with the responsibility of policy implementation at the grass root, were adequately trained for their roles.
“This workshop has been packaged for 133 inspectors to upgrade their skills and techniques for optimal performance,” Okakwu said.
FCT NYSC Coordinator, Mr Abdulrazak Salawu, also urged the management to extend the training programme to other cadres of staff as every employee of the scheme was first and foremost an inspector.