Barring any last minute changes, Batch A Stream 2 prospective corps members of the National Youths Service Corps (NYSC), will not converge for orientation programme slated for Friday due to lack of money, the Scheme told the Senate on Monday.
It would be recalled, orientation programme for the 2016 Stream 2 of Batch A is expected to commence on Friday, in 37 camps across the country.
However, the Director-General, of the Scheme, Brig.-Gen. Sulyman Kazaure, said to the Senate Committee on Sports in Abuja that the money required for the exercise was yet to be provided.
According to him, thousands of prospective corps members slated for mobilization on Friday may not be called up due to non availability of fund arising from N13billion shortfall in the NYSC 2016 budget.
Kazuare lamented that the letter he had penned to the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports, Finance, Budget and the Presidency even before the end of the orientation camp for Batch A, Stream One, as regards to the request for money for the prospective corps members was yet to receive response.
“We are presently at a loss in NYSC now as there is no money for us to mobilise thousands of prospective corps members in the Batch A Stream 2 to camp this Friday.
“This is in spite of efforts made by us to get things done in that direction several weeks ago.
“The problem staring us in the face arose from the N13 billion shortfall we had in the 2016 budget estimate which the agency made strong request for its provision during budget defence,” he said.
Speaking on the matter, the Chairman of the Senate committee, Sen. Obinna Ogba (PDP Ebonyi Central), assured the NYSC that the senate would intervene in the matter.
“We have listened to you and we are also disturbed by the problem at hand as regards paucity of funds for mobilisation of prospective corps members.
“NYSC is not something to joke with; even if it is through urgent supplementary budget provisions, the problem must be quickly tackled by the Federal Government,” he said.