The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Director General, Brig-Gen. Johnson Olawumi, has denied a media report in one of the national dailies that there were ghost corps members, serving with the scheme.
This statement was made known during the 2015 Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Desk Officers’ Training Workshop with the theme: ‘Broadening the Horizon of FOIA Desk Officers for Enhanced Compliance’, in Abuja.
Olawumi maintained that the report might not be unconnected to failure of the newspaper to cross check the information at their disposal or inability to access such information, directing NYSC Desk Officers across the country to always comply with the Act.
According to him; “I am imploring you! Please, make information available, if you don’t do that you are giving people opportunity to fill all the gaps with whatever they have.”
“With the commitment of the present administration to fighting corruption, promotion of the rule of law and other fundamentals of good governance, the implementation of the FOIA must be given additional impetus not only by the NYSC, but all stakeholders in the Nigerian project.
“It is in furtherance of this that, I seize the opportunity to announce that corps members will be used to enlighten our citizens at the grassroot on their right to seek for information on government policies and their implementation.
“The scheme will liaise with the Federal Ministry of Justice to ensure a quick take-off of this initiative.”