Former Head of State and founder of the National Youth Service Corps, General Yakubu Gowon, has praised successive batches of Corps members and NYSC managers for the achievements made by the Scheme over the years.
Gowon made the commendation today when the Director-General, Brigadier General Sulaiman Kazaure, led Directors, other officers and Corps members to pay him a courtesy visit in Abuja. The elder statesman said he was proud of the NYSC, adding that his administration established the Scheme over forty-four years ago to help in the post-civil war reconciliation.
He said both the Scheme and federal unity schools were established to help in getting Nigerians to know one another, especially through posting of youths to states other than their states of origin.
Gowon noted that the pioneer set of Corps members, some of whom initially rejected the idea of the National Service, later applauded the idea whenever he interacted with them during his official tour of states. He urged serving and prospective Corps members to keep alive the vision of the founding fathers of the Scheme.
The former Head of State, who stressed that the NYSC was still relevant, also advocated the involvement of the participating youths in generating ideas for improvement of the Scheme.
Earlier, the Director-General, Brigadier General Sulaiman Kazaure, praised the foresight of General Gowon in establishing the NYSC, describing it as the best post-civil war gift to Nigerians. Kazaure told him that the Scheme was still relevant and that both the managers and successive batches of Corps members had been striving to keep alive the vision of its founding fathers.
He said Corps members were in all nooks and crannies of the country contributing to the unity, growth and development of the country.
The Director-General congratulated the elder statesman on his 83rd birthday, and prayed God to continue to grant him good health and happiness.Click Here to Join Newsnow Nigeria WhatsApp Group for Breaking News Alerts More News