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Mrs. Grace Akpabio

Corps members have been advised to change the narrative of Nigeria by giving their diligent services to change the perception of the outside world about the country.

The Ondo State Coordinator, NYSC, Mrs. Grace Akpabio made this appeal on Saturday during the flag off of lecture series for the 2019 Batch ‘B’ (Stream 1) corps members currently undergoing their orientation programme at the Permanent Orientation Camp, Ikare-Akoko.

Speaking on the Overview of the NYSC Scheme, Mrs. Akpabio said that the country needs the genuine services of members of the service corps to make the desired change the country has been clamouring for over the years.

“As a responsible national and laudable Scheme, the NYSC has since inception 46 years ago engage in training the graduate youths to be exceptional leaders and role models in the society.

“Your mobilisation and subsequent deployment for the mandatory one year service should not be seen as a national cake but rather a sacrifice to make the country a better place for this generation and generations yet unborn”.

The Coordinator while tracing the historical background said that the principal purpose of the Scheme has been ‘to inculcate in the Nigerian Youth, the spirit of selfless service to the nation and to emphasise the spirit of oneness and brotherhood of all Nigerians irrespective of cultural, social background and to promote national unity and development’.

According to the NYSC boss, the programme was established as a deliberate public policy to ensure the realization of the Reconciliation, Rehabilitation and Reconstruction introduced by the Federal Government under General Yakubu Gowon (retd) after the Nigerian Civil War.

“The Scheme aimed to raise a new crop of disciplined and detribalised Nigerians by allowing the youths to undergo national service in states other than there own for the purpose of national development and integration”, she said.

Mrs. Akpabio said that the Scheme was established with the view to promoting peace and encouraging mutual understanding of the common ties among Nigerian youths, which she said, fosters national unity.

She advised the corps members to take to heart all the lectures in the camp as this will come handy and useful during the service year.

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