By Sule ALIYU, Bauchi
Acting President Yemi Osinbajo has warned government Ministries, Departments and Agencies [MDAs] against rejecting corps members being posted to them by the National Youth Service Corps [NYSC] for primary assignment saying the youths should be assigned responsibilities in order to enable them contribute their quota towards national development.
Osinbajo who stated this yesterday in Bauchi during the swearing in ceremony of the Batch A, Steam I corps members posted to Bauchi noted that some of the objectives of the scheme is the inculcation of good values and patriotism in the youth who are the ‘future leaders and hope of every society’.
Represented by the Bauchi state commissioner of youths and sports Ibrahim Madaki Saleh, the acting president lauded the pivotal roles played by the NYSC since its establishment 43 years ago in the sustenance of national unity, integration and economic development.
”The role of corps members like yourselves in significant tasks that impact aspects of our national life including the conduct of elections, census, national health and immunization campaigns is one that this country acknowledges and appreciates”, he pointed out.
The acting president who asked the youths to support the ‘change mantra’ of the present administration reiterated that is it unacceptable for any government organization to reject the corps members deployed to it as their place of primary assignment cautioning that such rejection would only demoralize the youths.
”Let me reiterate the existing government policy that corps members posted to government ministries and agencies should not be rejected. Indeed, government agencies and private sector employers are to assign challenging responsibilities to corps members during their primary assignment. By so doing, they will be fully incorporated into the process of nation building and be able to contribute their quota to national development”, h said.
Also speaking, the state NYSC Coordinator Mr Afolayan James explained that a total of 2, 094 corps members made up of 995 males and 1, 099 females were deployed to the state adding that the NYSC members would undergo physical, vocational entrepreneurship training during the three weeks orientation course at the camp.
”The orientation course content has been designed to achieve specific objectives tailored towards the molding of these young Nigerians to be responsible citizens who will focus on the development of the nation by imbibing the spirit of patriotism, selfless service, self-reliance and good leadership qualities”, he added.
By Sule ALIYU, Bauchi