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NYSC At 50: Programme Has Kept Faith With Its Mandate- Youth Minister

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The Youth Minister, Sunday Dare says the National Youth Service Corps(NYSC) scheme has kept faith with its objectives and mandate and therefore sustained its relevance in the country’s development.

Speaking at the opening ceremony of the 50th anniversary of the scheme in Abuja on Monday, the Minister also described it as the leading youth organisation in Africa, celebrating the ingenuity of the leaders who bequeathed the programme to Nigeria and those whose unwavering commitment have led to its sustenance.

According to him, “the hindsight of past Presidents and Heads of States has nurtured this scheme despite the odds that have threatened its existence.”

The Youth Minister applauded President Muhammadu Buhari for his contributions to the NYSC and thanked him for the privilege to serve as the Minister of Youth and Sports Development at this time that scheme is marking its golden jubilee.

Dare challenged the leadership of the programme to see the 50th anniversary celebrations as a veritable opportunity to evolve strategies to strengthen the scheme, make it more sustainable, broaden its scope of operations to enhance its contributions to national development.

In his words, “since inception 50 years ago, the NYSC has kept faith with its objectives and mandate. It has made invaluable impact in various aspects of national development, including providing healthcare to rural communities and also made legendary contributions to education and rural infrastructure.

“There have been acts of resourcefulness and benevolence, and the nation witnessed remarkable ingenuity from Youth Corps members during the COVID 19 pandemic and before then during the Ebola virus and HIV/AIDS pandemic.

“Indeed the NYSC in the 50 years of existence has become an institution to reckon with in youth empowerment and mobilisation for national development.”

The NYSC 50th anniversary opening ceremony was graced by the Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, Ambassador Fatima Balla Abubakar, the chairman of the NYSC governing board and the Director General, Brigadier General YD Ahmed among others.

Professor Attahiru Jega was the guest speaker at the event.

NYSC At 50: Programme Has Kept Faith With Its Mandate – MiniDare

The Youth Minister, Sunday Dare says the National Youth Service Corps(NYSC) scheme has kept faith with its objectives and mandate and therefore sustained its relevance in the country’s development.

Speaking at the opening ceremony of the 50th anniversary of the scheme in Abuja on Monday, the Minister also described it as the leading youth organisation in Africa, celebrating the ingenuity of the leaders who bequeathed the programme to Nigeria and those whose unwavering commitment have led to its sustenance.

According to him, “the hindsight of past Presidents and Heads of States has nurtured this scheme despite the odds that have threatened its existence.”

The Youth Minister applauded President Muhammadu Buhari for his contributions to the NYSC and thanked him for the privilege to serve as the Minister of Youth and Sports Development at this time that scheme is marking its golden jubilee.

Dare challenged the leadership of the programme to see the 50th anniversary celebrations as a veritable opportunity to evolve strategies to strengthen the scheme, make it more sustainable, broaden its scope of operations to enhance its contributions to national development.

In his words, “since inception 50 years ago, the NYSC has kept faith with its objectives and mandate. It has made invaluable impact in various aspects of national development, including providing healthcare to rural communities and also made legendary contributions to education and rural infrastructure.

“There have been acts of resourcefulness and benevolence, and the nation witnessed remarkable ingenuity from Youth Corps members during the COVID 19 pandemic and before then during the Ebola virus and HIV/AIDS pandemic.

“Indeed the NYSC in the 50 years of existence has become an institution to reckon with in youth empowerment and mobilisation for national development.”

The NYSC 50th anniversary opening ceremony was graced by the Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, Ambassador Fatima Balla Abubakar, the chairman of the NYSC governing board and the Director General, Brigadier General YD Ahmed among others.

Professor Attahiru Jega was the guest speaker at the event.

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Zobis Cable CEO, John Ezeobi Visits Alma Mater, Vows to Transform it in 2 Months

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Renowned Anambra industrialist and CEO of Zobis Cables Ltd, Engr. John Ezeobi, on Wednesday, 19th June,2024, paid a surprise visit to his alma mater, Ede Secondary School in Okoti, Odekpe, Ogbaru LGA of Anambra State, to assess the school’s infrastructure.

Ezeobi, who attended the school from 2001 to 2003 and served as the Senior Prefect, was touched by the decaying infrastructure, particularly the school’s vulnerability to flooding during the rainy season. He said he was approached by the school’s owners to buy the property, but he declined, wanting to preserve the institutional legacy. He equally stated that the school harbours some part of his childhood memories and most importantly shaped him into what he is today in the society.

Despite the school being a private school, Ezeobi was moved to intervene, as the deteriorating infrastructure and environmental challenges posed significant obstacles to learning.

He has planned a two-phase project, which includes rebuilding classroom blocks, constructing modern toilets, and implementing flood control measures.

The first phase of the project is expected to be completed within two months, after which the company will move on to the second stage which is expected to gulp several million of naira.

The industrialist expressed optimism that the impact on the school’s 350 students and new enrollments will have a positive effect on the community.

The project is being carried out under the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiative of Ezeobi’s company, Zobis Cables Industries Ltd.

The school’s administration has commended Ezeobi’s generosity, expressing excitement and a sense of rejuvenation as the institution returns to life through the efforts of one of its alumni.

Ede Secondary School was founded in 1994 by Chief Dr. Elder John Ugboma Okei (Ede 1 of Odekpe).

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