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NYSC @50: Don’t Relent in your effort towards promotion of Nigeria Unity, First Lady charges NYSC

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…Flags off Medical Outreach for Rural Dwellers

Joel Ajayi


The Wife of the President, Federal Republic of Nigeria, Dr. Mrs Aisha Buhari has charged the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) not to leave any stone unturned towards the overall unity and progress of Nigeria.


She made this appeal on Tuesday, in Abuja, at the flag-off of special medical outreaches under the NYSC Health Initiative for Rural Dwellers (HIRD), organized as part of activities to mark the 50th Anniversary of the Scheme.


According to her, it is notable that the scheme has made enormous impact, especially among rural dwellers, which has continued to attract commendation from both within and outside the country.


“While I join millions of Nigerians in celebrating the NYSC at 50, I call on the Management of the Scheme as well as the Corps Members not to relent their efforts in promoting unity of the country by providing quality service delivery to the Nation irrespective of State or place of service.


“I have noted with great satisfaction, the giant strides of the Scheme through the provision of health care to Nigerians.


“The introduction of the HIRD programme has largely been successful. As part of my Office’s appreciation, the donation of a well-equipped mobile clinic to the Scheme is to enhance the success of the Corps Medical team. I am sure that this facility would continuously assist in this respect.


“I am optimistic that the commemoration of the five decades of NYSC’s existence, couple with the introduction the HIRD outreach, will further validate the argument for the continued relevance of the Scheme.”
On his remarked, the Director General of NYSC Brigadier General  YD Ahmed revealed that over 3million Nigerians has benefited from scheme’s  health put in place some years ago.


NYSC DG expressed that, since its establishment five decades ago, the National Youth Service Corps has remained an enduring platform for the mobilization of human and material resources for the actualization of the Nigeria of our dream.
According to him, the Scheme has long been a catalyst of our socio-cultural, political and economic development.


“Like other developing countries, Nigeria faces challenges in its health sector, but concerted efforts are being made by various stakeholders, including the NYSC, with a view to making the system more functional. 


“As a Scheme that has continued to expand its frontiers in the delivery of services to Nigerians, NYSC launched its Health Initiative for Rural Dwellers (HIRD) programme in 2014. It is a platform through which Corps medical personnel comprising Doctors, Pharmacists, Nurses, and Dentists, amongst others, provide free and quality health care for the people, especially the rural poor.

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Oyo State has lost a Committed Public Servant and leader- Chief Sunday Dare

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Former Minister of Sports, Chief Sunday Dare Mourns Demise of former Chairman of First Bank, Afonja

Former Minister of Youth and Sports Development,Chief Sunday Dare, has commiserated with the government and people of Oyo state, particularly the immediate family, friends and associates of a former Minister of Labour and Productivity under the Interim National Government, Prince Ajibola Afonja over his sudden demise.

Prince Ajibola who served as a minister under the short-lived interim administration of late Chief Ernest Shonekan, died on Sunday night at the University College Hospital (UCH),Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.

Prince Ajibola also served as Chairman of First Bank and was at a time the senatorial candidate for Oyo Central Senatorial District under the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP). He was known in his country home(Oyo town) by his company’s name, Integrated Dimesional System – IDS.

Reacting to the unpalatable news, the Agbaakin of ogbomoso land, Chief Sunday Dare expressed sadness over the ex-minister’s passage.Adding that Nigeria had lost one of its most outstanding persons whose love and commitment to peace and development of the country is second to none. Chief Dare noted that the deceased was both respected and loved by his kinsmen and Nigerians at large.

“My heartfelt condolence to the people of oyo town, particularly the immediate family, friends and associates of Prince Ajibola Afonja on this great and irreparable loss.

Nigeria had lost one of its most outstanding persons whose love and commitment to peace and development of the country is second to none. He was both respected and loved by his kinsmen and Nigerians at large.

He was a decent politician and selfless philanthropist who served meritoriously in various capacities in the public and private sectors.


May God comfort the family,friends and associates he left behind, granting them strength to bear this irreplaceable loss. May his soul rest in eternal peace” .Chief Dare said

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