NYSC: GEJ urges Corp members to put national interest above everything

President Goodluck Jonathan has pledged the commitment of his administration to support and strengthen the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) scheme as an outstanding example for national unity.
He urged corps members in the nation to put national interest above everything during their one year mandatory service and not lose sight of their role as future leaders.

President Jonathan, in an address at the swearing-in Ceremony of 1,450 Corps members of the 2014 Batch 'A' in Minna, Niger state, said the federal government would continue to strengthen the programme and deepen its relevance to all aspects of national life.

Speaking through the Niger state governor, Dr. Muazu Babangida Aliyu, who was also represented by his deputy, Hon. Ahmed Musa Ibeto, stated that the NYSC has recorded landmark achievements in education, health, rural development, social service, agriculture and above all infrastructure development.

"Above and beyond all, integration has been the NYSC's greatest contribution to nation-building," he stated.

He further told the corps members that as its responsibility, the federal government would ensure the safety and welfare of all Corps members during the period of the national assignment.

The President then advised them to shun all forms of vices and anti-social behaviours and be guided by the NYSC motto as well as respect their oath of allegiance, while urging them to accept their postings with grace and dignity.

Earlier, the chairman, NYSC Governing Board and Secretary to the Niger State Government, SSG, Alhaji Saidu Idris Kpaki told the corps members that as patriotic participants in the scheme, they are expected to align with national needs of self reliance, improved rural life, better social service and above all, sustained democratic principles and norms.

He said, "These and other pressing issues of our time call for positive and meaningful contributions during and after the service year."

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