2019 election: Be neutral, DG implores corps members

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Corps members salute the NYSC DG, Brig Gen Suleiman Kazaure

THE Director-General National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) Brigadier General Suleiman Kazaure has urged Corps members who will be engaged by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) not to be partisan during the forthcoming 2019 general elections.

Kazaure, gave this warning while addressing 2018 Batch ‘C’ ( Stream 1) Corps members during his working tour to the NYSC Orientation Camp, Ogbakuta Iseyin, Oyo State.

The NYSC Boss admonished the Corps members not to be partial or align with any political party during their participation in the election having in mind that NYSC as an organisation is not partisan.

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Kazaure who was represented by the Director Planning, Research and Statistics, Mrs Victoria Bose Okakwu urged the Corps members to strive and build on the integrity of their predecessors who participated in the 2011 and 2015 general elections, the aftermath being the democracy we now enjoy in our country Nigeria. “When you are called upon, with discipline and steadfastness, ensure that you put in your best and at the end, your name will be written in the sand of time “.

The Director-General further in his address told the Corps members that the content of NYSC Scheme is now bigger, better and stronger which must be celebrated following her numerous achievements over the years. Stating that as Corps members who are part of the “Big Family (NYSC) “, you should be celebrated having graduated from the various institutions which qualify you to be mobilised for the one-year mandatory service to the fatherland.

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Mrs Victoria Okakwu visits the NYSC, Oyo camp kitchen

“I want you to be happy being a part of this great family which from inception had not relent on its efforts in building and incorporating young vibrant graduates into the plan of nation-building”.

“The Management celebrates you our dear Corps members, we see in you the future great Dangotes and Otedula’s, you are only advised to embrace hard work and good virtues that will elevate you to the top”.

The NYSC Boss, also enjoined the Corps members to embrace the Skill Acquisition and Entrepreneurship Development (SAED ) program by acquiring Skills that will turn them to Employer of labours and wealth creators. ” I urge you to key into the SAED program which will add value to your lives and make you more self-reliant “. Stating that under the premise of stemming down the high rate of unemployment, necessitated the change in the content of the NYSC.

Earlier in her address, Oyo State Coordinator Eniola Ambekemo informed the DG that a total of 2265 Corps members were registered for the 2018 Batch C (stream 1) Orientation course. While appreciating the DG for his visit, the State Coordinator enumerated some challenges encountered in course of the orientation exercise which include lack of Lecture auditorium and hostels to accommodate the teeming population deployed to Oyo the “Pacesetter ” State.

Highlights of the DG tour was the earlier inspection of Camp facilities, where the DG expressed his delight in the quality of food being served to Corps members and the neatness level of the Orientation camp.

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