NATIONAL YOUTH SERVICE ACT

ARRANGEMENT OF SECTIONS

   1   Short title

 

Preliminary

   2   Interpretation

   3   Objects of Act

   4   Establishment of National Youth Service Board

   5   Functions of Board

 

Regional Advisory Committees

   6   Regional Advisory Committees

 

Parish Advisory Committees

   7   Parish Advisory Committees

 

Policy Directions

   8   Policy directions

 

Administration

   9   Authentication of seal and documents

   10   Appointment of officers and other employees

   11   Pensions, gratuities and other retiring benefits

 

Financial Provisions, Accounts and Reports

   12   Funds and resources of the Board

   13   Power to invest moneys

   14   Accounts and audit

   15   Annual reports and estimates

   16   Operating plan

   17   Power of Minister to require returns

   18   Exemption from taxes and duties

   19   Recovery of debts

   20   Borrowing powers

   21   Power of Minister of Finance to guarantee loans to Board

 

General

   22   Register of participants

   23   Eligibility for selection and certificate of participation

   24   Regulations

      SCHEDULE

 

<TS:0.5,NM,NO>THE NATIONAL YOUTH SERVICE ACT

<TS:0.5,NM,NO>[Date of Commencement: 1st April, 1999]

<TS:0.5,NM,NO>Act 17 of 1998.

1   Short title

   This Act may be cited as the National Youth Service Act.

Preliminary (sections 2-3)

2   Interpretation

   In this Act-

   "approved employment" means employment approved by the Minister in respect of a participant;

   "Board" means the National Youth Service Board constituted under this Act;

   "chairman" means the chairman of the Board or any person for the time being performing the functions of the chairman;

   "functions" includes powers and duties;

   "Minister" means the Minister responsible for youth;

   "participant" means any person who is selected for participation in the National Youth Service programme pursuant to section 23.

3   Objects of Act

   The objects of this Act are-

   (a)   to facilitate the provision of work experience for young persons with a view to their employment;

   (b)   to encourage participants to develop-

         (i)   a sense of responsibility and of service to the country; and

         (ii)   self respect and respect for authority;

   (c)   to promote among participants, values of discipline, democracy, citizenship and co-operation.

The National Youth Service Board (sections 4-5)

4   Establishment of National Youth Service Board

   (1) There is hereby established, for the purposes of this Act, a body to be called the National Youth Service Board which shall be a body corporate to which section 28 of the Interpretation Act shall apply.

   (2) The provisions of the Schedule shall have effect as to the constitution of the Board and otherwise in relation thereto.

5   Functions of Board

   (1) The functions of the Board shall be-

   (a)   to develop and monitor orientation, training, approved placement and employment programmes for participants;

   (b)   to provide placement and employment opportunities for participants and assist in the development of approved employment projects;

   (c)   to monitor and evaluate the implementation of the plans and programmes of the National Youth Service and to make to the Minister such recommendations as it thinks fit in respect thereof.

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