NYSC united Nigerians after civil war – Gov. Bagudu
Governor Abubakar Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi State, on Thursday, said that the National Youths Service Corps (NYSC) has helped bring Nigerians together irrespective ethnic differences.
The scheme which was founded in 1973 has united the nation after the bloody civil war where millions of people died.
While speaking during the official opening and swearing ceremony of 2,169 of the 2017 batch ‘B’ Corps members at NYSC permanent camp, Dakingeri, the governor who was represented by his deputy, Col. Samaila Yombe Dabai (rtd) described the scheme as a child of necessity in the country immediately after the war.
“The establishment of the National Youth Service Corps came as a child of necessity, arising from the bloody civil war that left millions of casualties on both sides of the conflicts.
“We appreciate the founding fathers of the scheme for looking the way of youths to begin the acceleration of true journey to nationhood, through the promotion of a united egalitarian and integrated country devoid of ethnic hatred and suspicion.”
He assured the newly deplored Corps members that the state is secured adding that other security measured are been put in place.
“Already, various security organs of government have been directed to double their efforts towards giving you additional security. The state government on its part will continue to do everything possible to see to your general welfare and sustenance.
” While the government is determined to see to the security, welfare and overall success of the scheme, the NYSC on its part should not relent in complementing the efforts of the government and people of Kebbi State”.
The State Coordinator, NYSC, Mr. Lawal Turawa in his welcome address, disclosed that 1,078 female and 1,091 male Corps members have registered as at 12 midnight of Wednesday, 22nd November, 2017 before the official registration was cut off.
Turawa further commended Kebbi State Government for releasing N147 million to settle backlog arrears owed Corps members of 2016 batch A stream 1 and 2 and 2016 Batch B stream 1 and 2.
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