House of Representatives’ bill to NYSC Trust Fund passes second reading

The House of Representatives has passed a bill to create a National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) Trust Fund on its second reading.

The lawmakers also passed the electoral bill into law at the same time.

Hon. Samuel Akinfolarin sponsored the measure, which was titled “A bill for an Act to establish the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) Trust Fund Bill 2021.”

The bill’s details revealed that it had 31 sections, 1 schedule, and a supplemental of regulations of the Board’s, committees’, and miscellaneous of the trust Fund’s procedures.

Principally, the Bill seeks to establish the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) Trust Fund Bill; control of Special Intervention Fund established under section 3; provide sustainable sources of funds for National Youth Service Corps (NYSC); train and retraining of Corps Members under the National Youth Service Scheme; development National Youth Service Corps camps and Skills/Entrepreneurial training centres across the country; improve the general welfare of corps and corporate with all relevant ministries and agencies of Government to in improving corps members human capital development.

Leading the debate on the general principle of the bill, Akinfolarin said the bill will help promoting the spirit of self reliance in the corps members.

“In the early years of the establishment of National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), the scheme has been able to carry out diligently its objectives under the National Youth Service Corps Act, the management of the Scheme has not only trained, equipped and empowered corps members enrolled under the scheme alone, but has instilled patriotism and the spirit of nationalism in Corps members.

“Mr. Speaker, Hon. Colleagues, introducing National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) Trust Fund Bill will complement the activities of the Scheme and further help in promoting the spirit of self-reliant and entrepreneurship among the corps members through the Trust Fund. Corps Members and supporting staff would be trained and introduced to various skills which would make them establish a self-sustained business after the completion of the mandatory National Youth Service Corps.

“I am very mindful of the skills development training of Corps Members during their camps before being deployed to their various places of assignment. The Entrepreneurship Development programmed of the National Youth Service Scheme (i.e SAED), is not total, and comprehensive to harness the endowed potentials, skills and chosen field of Corps Members”.

Similarly, the House passed into law the electoral act (amendment) bill.

It is titled “Bill for an Act to Repeal the Electoral Act, No. 6, 2010 and Enact the Electoral Bill, 2021 to Regulate  the Conduct of Elections in the Federal, State and Area Councils in the Federal Capital Territory; and for  Related Matters (HB. 981)”.

The leader of the House, Hon. Alhassan Ado Doguwa moved the motion for the bill.  It was seconded by his deputy, Hon. Peter Akpatason. It was then read for the third time and passed by the House.

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