The National Youth Service Corps said the Scheme will continue to intensify efforts towards staff training in order to enhance competence for higher productivity, in line with the extant provisions of the Freedom of Information Act.
The NYSC Director-General, Brigadier General Shuaibu Ibrahim disclosed this during the opening ceremony of the Freedom of Information Act Desk Officers’ Workshop with the theme; Promoting Accountability in Governance through the Freedom of Information Act which held today in Abuja.
He restated its commitment to the successful implementation of the Freedom of Information Act, in compliance with Federal Government’s directive on the domestication of the Act by all Ministries, Departments and Agencies.
Speaking through the Director, Human Resource Management, Hajiya Habiba Bappah, the Director General stated that the Scheme would continue to build the capacity of NYSC lnformation Officers in the discharge of their responsibilities
He said the NYSC Scheme has been responsive to all FOI requests, as well as timely rendition of annual reports to the Federal Ministry of Justice.
“The management will continue to ensure that our FOI Desk Officers are adequately trained and equipped with relevant working materials to facilitate optimal discharge of their responsibilities.”
He said the youth Corp has over the years operated an effective feedback mechanism which ensures prompt response to all enquires in line with the FOI act.
“All information about the operations of the NYSC and its activities are regularly publicised and updated on the Scheme’s website, social media platforms, in addition to the traditional media”.
In the same vein, he noted that unqualified persons will not be allowed to participate in the NYSC programme.
” We are putting adequate measures in place to arrest and prosecute individuals that may attempt to do so.
We also introduced physical and online verification exercises which resulted in the arrest and prosecution of culprits”.
The Director, Press and Public Relations, Mrs Adenike Adeyemi stated that the scheme is among the first government agencies to commence implementation of the Freedom of Information Act .
“We apointed Desk Officers who have ensured NYSC’s adherence to the provisions of the law both at the National Directorate Headquarters and the 36 States and FCT Secretariats”.
“The NYSC Scheme has established Freedom of Information Act Community Development Service groups in its formations nationwide, and they have deepened awareness on the Act through sensitising the public on their rights as enshrined in the law.”
She advised the participants to take full advantage of the programme to update their knowledge for effective discharge of their responsibilities.