Don’t Lose Faith In Nigeria, Minister Urges Nigerians Youth

…NYSC Can’t Strive Without Stakeholder’s Support- DG

Joel Ajayi

The Minister of Youth and Sports Mr. Sunday Dare who participated at the meeting of NYSC top management with representatives of State Governments on Tuesday bearing an unmistakable message of hope urging Nigerian Youth not to lose hope in Nigeria until we have Nigeria of our dream.


Youth Minister stated this in Abuja during the maiden edition of meeting of NYSC of top management with representatives of State Government, with the theme; “Optimizing the potentials of Corps Members for National Unity and Development. The Role of State Governments as Stakeholders.”

He expressed that the meeting is timely and the choice of the theme is most appropriate.

According to him, I want to call all youth in the country not to lose Faith on Nigeria, we have hope, other countries that are great today pass through this stage, America spends close to 200 years before they get it right, so Nigeria will also get it right.

“This Meeting is, therefore, a significant step forward in the advocacy for increased support for the Scheme, especially at the grassroots.  May I use this auspicious occasion to call on all participants to contribute toward addressing critical issues that will be discussed at this meeting and take home the decisions that will be made for effective implementation.

“This will not only endear our States to the Corps members but also motivate them to sustain their contributions to our various development efforts.

“For the potentials of Corps members to be fully harnessed for national development, a conducive working atmosphere must be created for them.  However, I am concerned that the successes recorded by Corps members in the past are being impaired today by the inability of critical stakeholders, especially States and Local Governments to fully discharge their statutory responsibilities to the Scheme.

“Reversing this the trend will surely increase the tempo of contributions of Corps participants to the improvement of the living standard of our people, especially in rural communities.”

Mr. Dare also pledged the Federal Government support towards strengthening its operations while urging all States and Local Government Councils to discharge their obligations to the scheme in the areas of deficiencies that are affecting the smooth discharge of the Scheme’s mandate for the benefit of our dear country.

He commended the efforts of DG NYSC towards repositioning the Scheme for greater performance and actualizes the vision of its founding fathers.

“No doubt, the Scheme has made immense contributions to the socio-economic, political and cultural development of our great country.  To sustain these achievements, all tiers of Government need to fulfill their obligations toward ensuring smooth operations of the Scheme.”

On his own, the Director-General of NYSC, Brigadier General Shuaibu S. Ibrahim sought for the supports of every stakeholder saying that the scheme can only grow when there is stakeholders’ support.

He said the meeting was convened in the furtherance of his commitment to the success of the NYSC mandate.

“It’s particularly in line with one of the cardinal points of my policy thrust, which is to strengthen existing collaboration with critical stakeholders.  Foremost of our stakeholders are states, LG and their role is crucial and critical to the smooth operations of the scheme.

“Stakeholders at different levels have always commented glowingly about the scheme’s achievement in the areas of Education, Healthcare, Agriculture, science and technology amongst others.

“And to sustained these feats and reposition the scheme for even greater  impact, it has become expedient to make a critical appraisal of the performance of stakeholders as it spelled out in the NYSC Act Cap N84 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004.”

He equally reiterated that the welfare of the corps members is paramount to the scheme.






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