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NYSC DG Advises Corps Members On Community Development Projects



Joel Ajayi

The Director General of the National Youth Service Corps, Brigadier General YD Ahmed has urged the 2023 Batch ‘C’ Stream One Corps Members to ensure that they develop their various host communities with projects that would improve the standard of living of the residents.

He said Community Development Service is one of the four compulsory cardinal programmes of the Scheme that every Corps Member must participate actively before being considered to collect the Certificate of National Service.

General Ahmed stated this today while addressing Corps Members during his visit to NYSC Sokoto and Kebbi State Orientation Camps.

He however appealed to the Corps Members to study the felt needs of their host communities and obtain approval from NYSC before embarking on any project.

“Source for funds to execute projects within your host communities. Note that it is an offense to sponsor projects with your monthly allowances.

Please don’t accept free rides from strangers. Go to approved motor parks and board vehicles whenever you are traveling.

Follow the security lectures you were exposed to in camp anywhere you are posted to and ensure you don’t expose yourselves to danger”, he said.

In his remark, the NYSC Sokoto State Coordinator, Alhaji Yakubu Yaro Usman described the Corps Members in the Wamakko camp as law-abiding and dutiful.

In a similar vein, the NYSC Kebbi State Coordinator, Mrs Okolo Aghata Banki said a total of 154 camp officials comprising NYSC Staff and personnel from other collaborating agencies are working in synergy.

She said a total of 1,088 Corps Members were registered in the camp.

Mrs. Okolo added that the security and general well-being of all Corps Members in the camp remain the topmost priority, adding that all Camp Officials are alert to the task of providing every necessary guideline for the Corps Members towards preparing them for their roles towards nation-building.

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FG Pledges To Invest More In Education, Job Opportunities For Youths-Minister



Joel Ajayi

The Federal Government has pledged to invest more in education, healthcare, and other sectors that will give more opportunities for Nigerian youth. 

The Minister of Youth Development Dr. Jamila Bio Ibrahim gave this assurance at the 2023 Africa/National Youth Celebration put in place by the Federal Ministry of Youth Development in collaboration with the United Nations Population Fund held on Tuesday in Abuja.

Africa/National Youth Day celebration served as a platform to recognize and celebrate the invaluable contributions of the youth to national development. 

Speaking at the event Dr. Ibrahim said: “Education, healthcare, and employment opportunities are not just privileges; they are fundamental rights that every young Nigerian deserves. By investing in these areas, we invest in the future of our country.

“We will also increase our support for youth in agriculture in line with the priorities of the administration.”

The minister further emphasized the importance of the youth in shaping Nigeria’s future. 

She declared that they are not merely the leaders of tomorrow, but also the leaders of today, whose ideas have the potential to transform communities, nations, and the continent.

The Minister also highlighted the government’s commitment to promoting new technologies in Nigeria, noting that the country’s tech ecosystem, home to several startups and tech hubs, is already making waves on the global stage. 

In his remarks, the Minister of State for Youth Development, Mr. Ayodele Olawande, called on all stakeholders in the youth development sector to provide an enabling environment for young people to thrive.

“Together, let us forge a path that transcends borders, a path that leads to a future where the potential of every young Nigerian is harnessed for the greater development of our nation,” Olawande stated

The Permanent Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Youth Development, Ismaila Abubakar, also emphasized the role of the youth in driving positive change and national development. 

“The youth are not just the leaders of tomorrow; they are the architects of today’s progress,” he said.

The event was marked by the African Union’s theme, ‘1 million next Level is knocking: Youth-led Movement That Transcends Borders,’ and the sub-theme, ‘Renewed Hope for the Youth: Harnessing our Creativity and Potential for National Development.’

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