Retro: Video of Nigeria's oldest corps members living it up on the parade ground

Retro: Video of Nigeria's oldest corps members living it up on the parade ground

The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) scheme is one that has been in existence since 1973. The project which was put in place by the administration of that time was set up in order to involve youths in the noble cause of nation building. But not many have an inkling of what it means to be a corps member back in those days.

When this scheme was first put in place by General Yakubu Gowon on May 22, 1973, Ahmadu Ali first served as the first Director-General of the NYSC until 1975. Right now, the incumbent Director-General is Brig. Gen. Ibrahim Shuaibu.

Beyond its administrative history, the compulsory one year of NYSC service has been infamous for being a period Nigerian youths hold dear to their hearts. This is because that the three weeks of camping leading up to this service year usually hold several amusements for young ones.

From marching on parade grounds, doing rigorous exercises early in the morning to cooking in the kitchen and hanging out with friends at Mammy market, those three weeks of being in camp are indeed quite memorable.

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While many Nigerian graduates of the 21st century are quite familiar with the routines observed at the camp, it is unlikely that they know of how it was done back in the days. In light of this, Legit.ng spotted a video showing the first batch of corps members inaugurated by Yakubu Gowon himself.

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These corps members were observing the march-past on a parade ground. In their funny attires, they observed the peculiar commands and saluted the general. See the video below:

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From this humble beginning, the NYSC scheme has gone on to be a successful one as far as the many are concerned. Recently, Legit.ng reported the news of a corps member who freely took up the task of training students on how to make liquid soap.

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