The Federal Government has lauded the immense roles of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) since inception till date, in the areas of socio-economic and political development of the country saying that the Scheme which was established on the 22nd of May, 1973, was indeed the leading light of youth organisations in Africa.
NYSC Spokesperson, Mr Eddy Megwa who disclosed this in a statement issued on Monday, March 13, 2023 said the Minister for Youth and Sports Development, Mr Sunday Dare made the commendation in Abuja, while inaugurating a 22-member Inter-Ministerial Committee on the 50th Anniversary celebration of the Scheme.
He said NYSC must be celebrated for its remarkable achievements adding that; “the economic empowerment of Corps Members through entrepreneurship training initiative has brought to light, the capacity of the NYSC as an organisation that is responsive to contemporary national needs.
“It is gratifying to note that the Skills Acquisition and Entrepreneurship Development programme of the Scheme is stirring the interest of Corps Members for self-employment and wealth creation.
“The Scheme must be celebrated for its remarkable achievements in the promotion of national unity and integration, development of education, healthcare delivery, as well as social and infrastructural development, through its primary assignment and community development services”.
The Minister stated further that the Federal Government recognizes NYSC achievements and decide to mark the Scheme’s milestone on what it has achieved over the past fifty years as a form of recognition.
While charging Members of the committee to work assiduously on the terms of reference, he assured them of government’s support.
The Chairman, NYSC National Governing Board, Ambassador Fatima Balla Abubakar commended the Minister for supporting the Scheme at all times.
In his remarks, the NYSC Director General, Brigadier General YD Ahmed said worthy of commendation were the positive roles of successive batches of Corps Members in the credible conduct of elections in the country, and their participation in other programmes like population census, immunisation exercise, HIV/AIDS prevention and care, fight against corona virus among others.
The Chairman of the Committee, Mr Taiwo Adeniyi in his response promised the readiness of all members of the committee to deliver its mandate as expected.
During the programme, a minute silence was observed in memory of Corps Member Oreoluwa Aina that died in the Lagos train/bus accident last week.