The former Head of State and founder of the National Youth Service Corps NYSC, General Yakubu Gowon Rtd. has commended the management of the Scheme for mentoring graduate youths towards becoming responsible leaders in the society.
He noted that the NYSC Scheme has instilled the spirit of selfless service in successive batches of Corps Members across the country.
General Gowon gave this commendation when the NYSC Director-General, Brigadier General Shuaibu Ibrahim visited him in his office in Abuja.
While congratulating the NYSC DG on his appointment, the former Head of State expressed delight that at 46, the Scheme has stood the test of time.
He congratulated the Corps Members on their selfless services to the country through the platform of the Scheme which have exposed them to the diverse cultures making up Nigeria.
Speaking further, Gowon also commended the Federal Government for granting automatic employment to 168 NYSC President’s Honours Award recipients, with scholarship package.
He lauded the involvement of the Scheme in the 2019 general elections and charged the staff to work towards sustaining the Scheme.
General Gowon appealed to the State Governments for the provision and maintenance of facilities at the NYSC Orientation Camps.
Earlier, Brigadier General Shuaibu Ibrahim said that he decided to pay homage to the elder stateman as the founding father of the NYSC Scheme.
He observed that many Nigerians were not conversant with the NYSC Act which was the guiding principle of NYSC, appealed to Nigerians to take more than a passing interest in the affairs of the Corps as the Scheme remain a national asset.
The Director-General sought the support of General Yakubu Gowon in order to take the Scheme to further enviable heights.