By David Adetula
The National Youth Service Corps, NYSC has told students of Obafemi Awolowo University that the body is no longer foolish like before in its dealings.
In a program powered by the Division of Student Affairs, OAU in conjuction with NYSC, the later has educated the final year students and prospective corps members on what the Youth Service entails and what to expect during the period.
Addressing a cross section of OAU students at the Chemical Engineering lecture theatre in the institution on Wednesday, Mr Aremu Kehinde who is the Assistant Director, Man Power Planning, NYSC said most nowadays graduates enter the youth service with a wrong mindset.
"Most people enter the NYSC with the wrong mindset and I don't want you to have that. I want you to enter into the youth service with the mind that it is for your benefit and not as time wastage as many of the corps members see it.
"The youth service allows you to give service. Service is actually things for people without expecting gratification."
While answering questions as regards the current payment threshold for corps members, Aremu said NYSC understands the plight of the youths and hence engaging and lobbying the Revenue Mobilization Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC) from time to time to see to the improvement in the stipends paid to corps members. He however advised that much more beyond the pay, diligence is key and can pay off beyond the stipends that can be paid.
The guest speaker also informed the prospective corps members that the registration for Batch B corps members has commenced and graduates need to log on to the NYSC portal (www.nysc.gov.ng) to register. He further revealed that the new system operated by NYSC affords prospective corps members to choose their most preferred states of service.
Mr Aremu also warned those that will be registering not to play pranks or try to be smart to give wrong details during registration as NYSC is no longer foolish like before.
The new Vice Dean, Division of Student Affairs led the delegation of the University team to the seminar.
By David Adetula