The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) remains a tool for national integration which fosters national development and unity for the benefit of Nigerian youths.
Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Mr Sunday Dare, stated this while inaugurating the new NYSC board for a 3-year tenure Tuesday in Abuja.
The minister said, “I wish to use this unique occasion to once again affirm the satisfaction of the Federal Government with the achievements of the present Management of NYSC, which has enhanced the visibility of the Scheme. Accordingly, I commend the Director-General, the Management team, Staff and Corps members whose collective efforts resulted in the successes recorded.
“I expect that members of the Board will deploy the political influence at their disposal to strengthen all levels of engagements aimed at sustaining the legacies of the scheme through continuous engagement with policy makers at various levels.”
Dare revealed FG’s commitment to the ideals of NYSC, which it said, has come to stay.”The NYSC Scheme will be sustained. It has become an integral part of our national development and unity architecture. Nigerian youth continue to benefit from this scheme.
“I consider it appropriate to use this forum to once again endorse the proposal made by stakeholders for the establishment of the National Youth Service Corps Trust Fund.
“I am confident that such an initiative will go a long way in strengthening the Scheme and deepen its impact. Therefore, I appeal to all and sundry to support the actualization of the proposal.
“As a sign of the Federal Government’s unflinching commitment to the NYSC, President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the automatic employment of 10 direct siblings of the deceased NYSC members who lost their lives during the 2011 post-election violence in Bauchi State. Mr. President also approved appropriate scholarships to the four children of Mr. Adowei Elliot”, the minister revealed.
The chairman of the newly inaugurated board, Ambassador Fatima Balla Abubakar, thanked the president for all the support given to the board.
“On behalf of the board, I promise that we will not fail you, we will do our best because of the confidence bestowed on us. As board members, we have always been conscious of the fact that we are one of the sensitive boards because we take care of the most sensitive segments of our population , the Nigerian youths. I also urge every board member to bring in their vast experience and expertise for the benefit of the board and Nigeria,” he said.
The newly inaugurated board members are, Ambassador Fatima Balla Abubakar, chairman; Mrs. Binta Muazu; Maj. Gen. B O Sawyer,; Architect Muhammad Sani Aliyu and Prof. Sulyman Abdulkareem. Others are Prince Oyekunle Oyewumi; Umar Yusuf Nalado; Mr. Taiwo Adeniyi and Brig-General Shuaibu Ibrahim, DG NYSC.
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