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NYSC DG Bags International Free Media Organization Exemplary Leadership Award



 Joel Ajayi 

The Director-General, National Youth Service Corps, Brigadier General Shu’aibu Ibrahim has been conferred with “Africa Meritorious Service Award” by the International Free Media Organization for his exemplary leadership and good conduct which resulted in many positive changes in the NYSC Scheme.

The Chairman, Board of Trustees of the Organization, Mr A O Malik who led a delegation of the Award Selection Committee to the National Directorate Headquarters of the NYSC today said the DG has achieved extraordinary feats due to his uncommon commitment to improving the lives of Corps Members and staff.

He further revealed that the committee conducted a thorough research and followed the antecedents of the General Ibrahim upon his assumption of duty as the 18th Chief Executive of the NYSC.

“Your nomination of this award, Africa Meritorious Service Award for good conduct is as a result of extra- ordinary feats, courage, exemplary leadership, loyalty, uncommon commitment and valor towards improving the life of corps members, staff welfare and positive antecedents in areas of capacity building, initiating novel and bold strands of activities in selfless service to humanity coupled with taking actions that inspired positive change. “

Responding after receiving the award, the Director General said he was humbled by the recognition which testified to the fact that the Organization conducted a thorough background checks on him.

” You have really researched on whom Iam and what you said is a replica of exactly the person of DG NYSC ” He gladly concurred.

Speaking further, General Shu’aibu revealed his motivation in bringing positive change wherever he goes.

” When I took over as DG NYSC, I told my staff that in all we do, we should know that there is death and once an opportunity comes to you, it is a privilege from the Almighty Allah, and you think of what you can leave behind before you go” He said.

While commending NYSC Staff for their unalloyed loyalty and commitment to duty, the DG said all his achievements were recorded due to the tremendous support of staff and their proactive work ethics.

” As every day breaks, I see my Administration running down, I want to see in everyday of my life in the Scheme what I can put on the table” He pledged.

The Director General enumerated his worthwhile achievements which include improvement of staff and corps welfare, involvement of Corps members in COVID-19 Interventions, active participation of corps members in National assignments especially election duties,  Skills Acquisition,  resuscitation of NYSC Ventures and enhancement of security network for corps members among others.

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Youth Ministry Clears Doubt On NYIF Disbursement



Joel Ajayi

The Ministry  of Youth and Sports Development  has cleared doubts about the disbursement  of the Youth Investment fund,  assuring that it is being  done in phases.

In a press statement issued on Monday in Abuja by the Director of Press for the Ministry of Youth and Sports Development Muhammed Manga stated that, the Ministry has been following with interest the reaction of some beneficiaries of the Nigeria Youth Investment Fund (NYIF), particularly those expressing disappointment at the N300,000.00 cap on disbursement under the first tranche of N12.5 billion.

According to the statement firstly, the framework specified 250k as the maximum for individual and eligible businesses that are critical can access up to 3m subject to meeting key criteria set in the guideline and conditions.

“Considering the number of applications received, there was need to ensure spread and enable more beneficiaries enjoy the facility.”

The statement further stated “It  is pertinent to state that the Ministry received over three million applications for the N12.5 billion that is available; and at the current cap of N300,000.00 per beneficiary, only about 41,000 beneficiaries can be covered. 

“The Ministry is desirous of reaching as many beneficiaries as possible,  hence the decision to limit loans to the current amount.

“We also  know that some of the applicants have also benefitted from existing intervention, which has supported them and are impacting the economy.

“It is important we start and increase gradually, considering that there are lots of first-time borrowers as well and that the programme double edge, which includes capacity building, mentoring, monitoring and support will sustain the beneficiaries and guarantee expected outcome. Higher loan thresholds would be possible once additional funds are available”.

The Ministry re -affirmed that NYIF is not a grant, but a loan targeted at supporting the youth to start small businesses or to inject funds into existing small businesses.

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