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NYSC won’t be scrapped- NASS

Governor Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa State inspecting the quarter guard

The National Assembly has said that the National Youth Service Corps Scheme will not be scrapped as it contributes immensely to the unity and development of the Country.

The Chairman House Committee on Youth, Mr. Yemi Adaramodu stated this during a media chat and other events to commemorate the 48th anniversary of NYSC in ABUJA.

Addressing the gathering, Mr Yemi Adaramodu, who is also the Chairman Governing Board of NYSC, emphasized that the National Assembly would support the scheme in it’s nation building strategies.

The founding father of the scheme, Retired General Yakubu Gowon called for the establishment of a trust fund to empower Corps members on the completion of the national service.

General Gowon who spoke virtually explained that such fund would help the Youths establish their businesses based on the skills they acquired during the service.

The Nasarawa State Governor, Alhaji Abdullahi Sule said that NYSC through it’s programmes had defined the unity of the nation and there was no price for such.

The President Historical Society of Nigeria, who reviewed the books, Professor Okpeh Okpeh Junior, described the scheme as one of the institutions uniting Nigerians and had taken the country to greater heights through it’s entrepreneurship Programmes.

The Director General of the scheme, Brigadier General Shuaibu Ibrahim said, with the proposed trust fund, the NYSC would ensure improvement and expansion of camp facilities, revamp the skill acquisition programme and provide start up grants for Corps entrepreneurs.

General Ibrahim called for sustained support from the media on the scheme’s efforts on national development and integration.

Highlights of the event was the unveiling of nine books on NYSC and maiden NYSC film: titled “a call to service”

Sandra Udeike

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