NYSC@45: Corps mem­bers mo­bilised to com­mu­nity ser­vices

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Mau­reen Onochie

As the Na­tional Youth Ser­vice Corps (NYSC) marks its 45 years an­niver­sary, corps mem­bers have been mo­bilised across the coun­try to vol­un­teer on com­mu­nity ser­vices.

Speak­ing yes­ter­day in Abuja while flag­ging off the ac­tiv­i­ties, Direc­tor Gen­eral of the scheme, Bri­gadier Gen­eral Suleiman Kaza­ure, said the 37 NYSC sec­re­tar­iats across the coun­try has been en­gaged in var­i­ous com­mu­nity ser­vices such as san­i­ta­tion, med­i­cal out­reach, hos­pi­tals and moth­er­less ba­bies homes visi­ta­tion as well as vis­i­ta­tions to some in­ter­nally dis­placed per­sons (IDPs).

He spoke through the Direc­tor, Com­mu­nity De­vel­op­ment Ser­vices, Mr Steve Ehoda-Adi.

The FCT Corps mem­bers of­fered san­i­ta­tion ser­vices in Jabi park as well as med­i­cal ser­vices.

He said the scheme started in 1973 with 2,364 corps mem­bers but presently, the scheme mo­bilises about 300,000 corps mem­bers an­nu­ally hence the pres­ence of the scheme was present in all 774 lo­cal gov­ern­ment ar­eas of the fed­er­a­tion.

Gen­eral Yakubu Gowon, who in­tro­duced the scheme, had while speak­ing at the grand fi­nale of the 2018 NNPC Na­tional Sci­ence Quiz com­pe­ti­tion in Abuja re­cently, that the first set grad­u­ates mo­bilised at that time protested and in­sisted that they would not ac­cept the pol­icy, but gave in after en­light­en­ment and sen­si­ti­sa­tion.

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