Director-General of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Brig-Gen. Johnson Olawumi, on Tuesday gave further insight into last week’s decision of the service to ban pregnant women and nursing mothers from enlisting for the programme, saying the decision was to make the scheme more effective.
The DG spoke with newsmen in Ilorin, Kwara State, during inspection of facilities at the Nigerian Army School of Education (NASE), Sobi Barack ahead of the NYSC staff promotion examination.
As part of the visit, Olawunmi paid a courtesy call on the Commander of the 22 Armoured Brigade in Sobi, Brig-Gen. Ali Nani as well as the Commander of NASE, Brig-Gen. Lawal Abdullahi.
Addressing reporters after the inspection, the DG said the service would immediately begin implementation of the ban to stop a situation where “the NYSC would be managing pregnant women and nursing mothers.”
He also tasked state governments to improve their support for the service, noting that the interventions from governors are dwindling.
He maintained that NYSC had not banned pregnant women and nursing mothers from the scheme but that they could only enlist after delivery.