President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday, 11th February, 2021 offered 110 ex-National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) members who had distinguished themselves in service automatic employment in the federal civil service.
They also got scholarship offers for post-graduate studies up to the doctoral level in any university in Nigeria, as well as cash rewards.
The President made the announcement during the virtual 2018/2019 President’s NYSC honours award ceremony held at the State House Conference Centre, Abuja.
According to a statement issued by the President’s special adviser on media and publicity, Femi Adesina, all relevant agencies have been instructed to ensure the implementation of the promises made to the award recipients.
The President commended the recipients for distinguishing themselves during the NYSC programme and urged them to continue to be good ambassadors of the country, their families and profession.
‘‘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,’’ he said.
The President also used the occasion to commend the founding fathers of the NYSC including General Yakubu Gowon, who joined the occasion virtually.
Buhari submitted that the NYSC programme has strengthened the unity of the country and broken down many ethnic barriers since it was established.
‘‘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 President noted.
He also praised the efforts and contributions of the corp members to national development through various community services which he said has improved the nation as a whole.
‘‘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.”
Naija News understands that for the 2018 set, Anyaogu Onyeyirichi Rejoice, who emerged first, served in Taraba State.
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.