NYSC Produces World-Class Leaders For Nigeria – Akpabio

By Simeon Bankole

One of the topmost management staff of the National Youth Service Corps and acting Director, Procurement, Mrs. Grace Akpabio has asserted that the Scheme produces world-class leaders for our dear country Nigeria.

Mrs. Akpabio who made a grand entry into the NYSC Permanent Orientation Camp, Ikare-Akoko whom she left on transfer in March last year made the assertion while addressing the 2022 Batch ‘C’ (Stream 1) corps members.

“Documentary evidence abounds that our products are doing extremely well globally in all their chosen career or profession, be it politics, economy, sports,  entertainment industry, public service, organised private sector and the likes. You have unhindered access to information and you can check it out as I don’t have to bore you with rhetorics.”

Akpabio, who was the immediate past State Coordinator received a standing ovation from the entire camp community when some of her achievements were reeled out and disclosed that serving in Ondo State was one of the high points of her career in NYSC.

The acting Director, Procurement was full of praises to her successor and the incumbent State Coordinator, Mrs. Victoria Nnenna Ani for being a thoroughbred administrator who meant well for the Scheme and the development of graduate youths.

“My wonderful,  dutiful and excellent corps members, let me confess that I am impressed with the hardworking, goal-getter and my well-focused successor, Mrs. Ani for completing ongoing projects which I initiated while I was the State Coordinator because many successors will abandon whatever they meet on ground and start their own.”

“Mrs. Ani did not only complete the projects she met on the ground but went ahead to construct another befitting Management Staff Quarters in a record of seven months. This is commendable and it can only come from a heart that prides herself in both staff and corps members’ welfare.”

She announced that Mrs. Ani promised that she would improve on accommodation in the camp when she brought her to see things for herself on the assumption of duty.

“As you can see now, she has initiated and completed Management Staff Quarters, and now she has started the construction of another hostel for Middle-Level officers of the Scheme. In essence, she is putting staff on a good frame of mind to cater for you the corps members.

“In NYSC, we do what we preach and this is the more reason you should think of what you can do for the country and not the other way round. Be committed and be patriotic to the cause of this nation so that when you are appointed or elected into positions of power and authority, you will make policies that will be favourable to the ordinary citizens in the streets.”

Mrs. Akpabio who served as the sixth female and the 19th Chief Executive Officer of the Scheme in the Sunshine State admonished the corps members to settle down for service rather than travel up and down during the service year.

She charged them to take all lectures seriously as those who have challenges during the service year are those who never partake in any programme and activity, especially lectures with all the seriousness it deserves.

“NYSC has provided you with publications that will make your service year seamless coupled with engaging very sound, proficient and seasoned officers of the Scheme to handle NYSC lectures while tested and articulate professionals are engaged to handle development and professional lectures,” she said.

“While you are giving your best to the services of the nation, you need to take your personal security seriously. The Government is doing all within her powers to safeguard the lives and properties of all the citizens and residents of this country and you need to complement such efforts by being security conscious at all times.”

She admonished them to embrace the Skill Acquisition and Entrepreneurship Development (SAED) programme established by the Scheme even if they are from rich backgrounds because they have lots to benefit from the intervention.

“Your rich backgrounds notwithstanding, I want to tell you that you will manage your business well rather than relying on family fortunes. SAED is designed to wipe out poverty and reduce to a large extent unemployment in the society and you are the target audience to make this achievable,” she concluded.

In her brief to the Special Guest, the State Coordinator, Mrs. Victoria Nnenna Ani outlined the steps taken so far which included the screening of all corps members and camp officials as well as camp market operators for COVID -19 tests.

Mrs. Ani disclosed that the 1500 corps members registered have shown a high sense of discipline and well behaved as this is evident in their comportment and attendance at all camp programmes and activities.

The acting Director was conducted round the camp on inspection and appraisal of camp facilities in which she was full of praises to the State Coordinator and her indefatigable team for excelling in all areas.

Mrs. Akpabio, before departing the camp appreciated some categories of corps members for their superlative performances and equally had meetings with both NYSC and non-NYSC camp officials.

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