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NYSC Founder Gowon, Other Insist On Continuity Of The Scheme For National Development

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..Calls For Scheme Trust Fund

Joel Ajayi

The former Head of State and founder of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) Scheme, Gen Yakubu Gowon, among other prominent Nigerians have called for the establishment of NYSC Trust Fund that would cater for the financial empowerment of all Corps Members as they pass out from Service.

He made the call in Abuja during the official unveiling of Nine (9) books on the NYSC and its maiden Film titled, ‘A Call To Service’ in commemoration of the 48th anniversary of the scheme.

Gowon who spoke virtually at the event said contrary to calls against the scrapping of the scheme it is making significant impact to the development of the country.

He said the scheme is one of the best things that has happened to Nigeria, adding that it is exposing youths to life changing opportunities and has contributed immensely to the development of the country.

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While commending the management for comprehensively bringing development to in the Scheme over the past  years he said, “Great effort should be made by government to strengthen the Scheme.”

The nine books unveiled include, The NYSC (1973-2020): Emergence, Growth And Development, NYSC and National Development, NYSC and Community Development Service in Nigeria, NYSC and Election in Nigeria, NYSC and National Integration, NYSC and Nigeria’s Health Sector, NYSC and the Educational Sector, NYSC and COVID-19 pandemic and NYSC and Skill Acquisition and Entrepreneurship Development.

The Director-General, National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, Brig. Gen. Ibrahim  Shaibu said th books were to chronicle NYSC chronicles NYSC contribution to national development, saying that the publications will enrich the knowledge of Nigerians about the scheme and engender greater appreciation of its relevance and achievements.

The DG however, lamented some daunting challenges facing the scheme despite huge success mailing arising from the gap in the discharge of the obligations of stakeholders.

“Despite various challenges in its forty-eight years of operation, the NYSC has been a remarkable success. By largely discharging its mandate through the nation’s development objectives, the Scheme has become a national asset and a beacon of hope to Nigerian youths.

“Accomplishments made on NYSC platform have strengthened the belief that youths can make meaningful contributions to national unity and development if their talents and skills are properly harnessed.”

However, he noted that problems such as inadequate office accommodation for state Secretariats as well as zonal and local government offices of the scheme and the establishment of the Service Trust Fund will support adequate provision of infrastructural and other logistics for Orientation and other activities of the Scheme need to be addressed.

The president of Historical Society of Nigeria, Professor Okpeh O Okpeh, while reviewing the books said NYScC is one of the significant institutions that is holding us together. “It is significant to Nigeria’s development from a point that covers inter marriage to unity of Nigeria,” noting that without the NYSC our national health sector would have collapsed

He said NYSC has continuously demonstrated that it is in a good position to take this country to a greater height through it skill and entrepreneurship programme which was introduced in 2012. “It is changing the labour market in the contemporary Nigeria. It may not be contributing monies in to the coffers of Nigeria but it is contributing immensely to national development.”

On his part, the Chairman House Committee on Youth Development, Yemi Adaramodu stressed the imperative of the Scheme in unifying the country, saying that no one will stop its existence in the country.

Others who stressed the imperative of the Scheme in promoting national unity include the governor of Nasarawa state, Engineer Abdullahi Sule, amongst others.

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Re:NYSC Shuns Applications By Southern Medical Corps Members Who “Desperately” Want To Redeploy From North Due To Insecurity

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The attention of NYSC Management has been drawn to a story with the above caption, making the rounds on social media. The write-up is a misrepresentation of facts.

In a statement issued by the NYSC’s Deputy Director of Press and Public Relations Emeka Mgbemena on Sunday in Abuja said the report is misrepresentation of facts.

According to the statement, in accordance with the Relocation Policy of the Scheme, the exercise is carried out based on two grounds, namely; Marital and Health grounds.

Relocation on the ground of marriage is applicable only to female Corps Members. On the ground of health, the Corps Member’s medical history must be presented, with a written application.

It is imperative to state that in NYSC, all lives matter, just like the Director-General has emphasised on so many fora. The safety and well-being of Corps Members and members of staff remains of paramount importance to the Corps.

However, Corps Members at all times must also be security conscious and never treat their safety with levity, by unduly putting themselves in harm’s way through risky behaviours.

Rest assured, the Scheme in all matters on deployment of Corps Members, relies strictly on the advisories from the security agencies.

It is therefore advisable for clarifications to be sought from the Scheme on issues pertaining to its operations, to avoid the error of inaccurate reportage, or outright spread of falsehood and misinformation.

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