The Director General of the National Youth Service Corps, Brigadier General Shuaibu Ibrahim, has disclosed that since inception, a total of 4.6 million Nigerians have so far participated in the scheme.
Ibrahim, who made the disclosure on Thursday in Abuja during a media parley, said with the help of the scheme, national unity and integration has been fostered through the policy of deploying Corps members to states other than their state of origin and away from their geographical zones.
Reiterating the scheme commitment to prioritizing the security and general welfare of corps members, he also said the scheme has commenced the process of establishing NYSC Radio which according to him green light has been received from relevant regulatory authorities.
“Since inception, four million six hundred and forty-four thousand eight hundred and four (4,644,804) Nigerians have so far participated in the scheme”, he stated.
Speaking on the welfare of Corps members, he said the scheme under his leadership has paid visits to several stakeholders including Corps members who were on admission at different hospitals following their involvement in road accidents.
“Among the States visited was Taraba State where some corps members were involved in a road traffic accidents on their way to report for Primary Assignment after the 2019 Batch ‘B’ Stream 1 Orientation Course. We have commenced moves to procure artificial limbs for one of them, Nurudeen Tahir, who having previously lost an arm, also lost the second one in the accident.
“The unfortunate loss of Precious Owolabi who was shot in the line of duty recently was a shocking one for the NYSC family. As we share the grief of his immediate family, I undertook a trip to them in Zaria to express our heartfelt condolences.
“I was also in Uromi, Edo state to reassure the family of Value Eromosele Akhibe, who has been missing of the scheme’s commitment to ensuring that he returns unhurt to the family as another corps member that got missing in Jigawa state was found two weeks ago.”
The NYSC DG further called on all Nigerians to assist the scheme with useful information that will facilitate the return of Eromosele to his family.
Brig. Gen. Ibrahim also frowned at the recent practice of some unscrupulous individuals who presents fake certificate sourced mostly from foreign institutions, particularly in the West Africa for mobilization into the scheme.
He warned that the scheme will not fail to hand over any person caught while presenting fake certificate in an attempt to get mobilized for service to the security agencies for prosecution, adding that similar fate awaits any unauthorized persons caught wearing NYSC uniform, especially to mislead or defraud unsuspecting members of the public.
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