NYSC Will Always Be There For You – Ambassador Abubakar

By Simeon Bankole

The Chairperson, NYSC National Governing Board, Her Excellency, Ambassador Fatima Balla Abubakar, OON has reiterated the commitment of the highest decision-making organ of the Scheme to provide all-encompassing support to corps members during the service year.

Ambassador Abubakar disclosed this while addressing the highly elated and motivated 2022 Batch ‘C’ (Stream 1) corps members at the NYSC Permanent Orientation Camp in Ikare-Akoko.

The Chairperson who was impressed with the reception accorded her and other members of the board said that NYSC serves as a symbol of a platform annexing the potential of Nigerian graduates for national development.

“My dear children in national service, I want to appreciate you for allowing yourselves to be mobilised and deployed for national development. The nationalism the Scheme is building in you is a necessary ingredient to prepare you to surmount the challenges ahead,” she said.

While highlighting the roles expected of them during the forthcoming general elections, the one-time Ambassador of the Republic of Botswana admonished the corps members to play the game according to the laid down rules and regulations.

“You are carrying the identity of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and I want to charge you to express the patriotic and nationalistic attributes the National Youth Service Corps has deposited in you. Do not compromise the integrity of the Scheme and we shall be there for you always.”

The Adamawa-born politician who once represented the country at the 54th United Nations General Assembly in New York advised the corps members to take their security seriously and complement the security architecture all the tiers of Government have put in place.

“NYSC has put in place enhanced and well-expanded structures to protect you during the service year as it has invested in publications such as Security Tips and Orientation Service Guide which contains the contact of security agencies you can get in touch with anytime you are in distress.”

Ambassador Abubakar who participated in the mandatory one-year service in Cross River State as a secondary school teacher during the 1975/76 service year appealed to the corps members to see their enlistment in the Scheme as a privilege to unite all the constituents that make up the country.

As a recipient of the National Honours, she enjoined members of the service corps to remain good ambassadors of their families and the Scheme wherever they are posted for their primary assignment while also urging them to bequeath legacies that will outlive them.

The NYSC Ondo State Coordinator, Mrs. Victoria Nnenna Ani while welcoming the Chairperson, NYSC National Governing Board appreciated the love she has extended to the Nigerian youths by travelling to various camps across the country to see how they are faring.

The State Coordinator in her brief disclosed the steps she had taken to ameliorate the shortage of hostel accommodation for both corps members and camp officials.

Mrs. Ani announced that she built 9 self-contained rooms which are moderately furnished for Management Staff and she has started another building project which will house Middle-Level Officers when completed.

She told her visitors that the 1501 registered corps members are doing well and have embraced the Skill Acquisition and Entrepreneurship Development (SAED) programme to secure their future.

The Chairperson and other members of the Board were entertained with cultural dance that depicted the rich culture of Ondo State while the representative of the SAED class presented gifts to the visitors.

The Chairperson of, NYSC National Governing Board, Ambassador Fatima Balla Abubakar extended her generosity to some groups among the wonderful, patriotic and excellent corps members.

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