Friday, February 12, 2021



The Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari was on Thursday, February 11, 2021 offered 110 ex-corps members automatic employment in the Federal Civil Service and scholarships for the pursuit of post-graduate studies up to doctoral level in any University in Nigeria.

The President 2018/2019 National Youths Service Corps (NYSC) honours award ceremony held at the State House Conference Center, Anuja.


The President also commended the founding fathers of the 48-year-old scheme, notably General Yakubu Gowon for joining the occasion.

The President said: ‘‘It is noteworthy that the young men and women being honoured have excelled in the four cardinal programmes of the Scheme, namely: Orientation Course, Primary Assignment, Community Development Service and Winding-up/Passing-out, which formed the basis of assessment for the Honours Award.”


‘‘On behalf of the Government and the good people of Nigeria, I heartily congratulate those honoured on standing out from their peers in order to merit the honour being bestowed upon them.”


‘‘You have proved yourselves worthy ambassadors of your respective families and the National Youth Service Corps. I am very proud of you and confident that the Award shall spur you to greater service to the Nation and humanity.”


‘‘Through the Scheme, walls of ethnic stereotypes are pulled down, and bridges of unity built, especially with enduring friendships and relationships resulting from healthy interactions during the service year.”


‘‘This has strengthened the mileage covered in our quest to be a nation with one common vision and destiny despite our plurality.”


‘‘The enormous contributions members of the Service Corps are making to the improvement of our education, health and social sectors as well as rural development remain a shining testament to the Scheme.”


‘‘This has portrayed successive generations of Corps members as veritable agents of development.”


‘‘It is critical that our youths benefit from the N75b Nigeria Youth Investment Fund.”


‘‘They should also be encouraged to key into other youth empowerment programmes of Government such as Youth Empowerment and Development Initiative, Youth Initiative for Sustainable Agriculture in Nigeria, Presidential Youth Empowerment Scheme, and Young Farmers Scheme among others.”


Mr President said he had demonstrated this belief by signing the "Not too Young to Run" bill into law, so as to accommodate youth in the political landscape.


‘‘I wish to remind our youth, who have the greatest stake in the future of our country, Nigeria, and of course the generality of Nigerians to embrace our initiatives on value reorientation, as this is essential for the achievement of a country we shall all be proud to bequeath to future generations.”


‘‘As young men and women, I recognize the extreme peer pressure you experience; it is my plea to you to be wary of those who would like to exploit your youth, intelligence and positive energy by channeling you into wrong paths.”


‘‘Avoiding such acts honours not just your families who have sacrificed to see you attain greater heights, but also brings pride to your fellow citizens,’’ he said.  


A highpoint at the combined Presidential Honours Award was the reading of citations of the best awardees for each service year.


For the 2018 set, Anyaogu Onyeyirichi Rejoice, who served in Taraba State, emerged first.


Anyaogu won the National Council of Women Societies (NCWS) Award for the Best Female Corps Member in Community Development.


Dr. Eze Sunday Victor, who served in Jigawa State, came first in the 2019 set while Odion Jessica Eseohen took the 2nd position in NCWS Award for Best Female Corps Member in Community Development.

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