- The director-general of the National Youth Service Corps would be receiving an award of excellence in Abuja
- Brigadier General Shuaibu Ibrahim was nominated for the award alongside the scheme through a committee set up by The Nigerian News
- The award ceremony would take place in Abuja on Thursday, December 16, in the presence of a number of diginatries including the Emir of Kano
As the year, winds up, Nigeria's foremost youth and social development programme, the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) is not ending the year without some goodies in the bag.
The scheme alongside its director-general, Brigadier General Shuaibu Ibrahim, has been nominated for an award of excellence by a United Kingdom-based media group, The Nigerian News.
In a statement seen by Legit.ng, the group said Ibrahim will be recognised as a 'Pathfinder of Youth Empowerment at the event to mark the organisation's fifth anniversary.
In addition, the NYSC scheme will be awarded 'Most Outstanding Agency for National Unity and Development".
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The statement said Ibrahim has been selected by a 10-man committee for equipping and empowering youths in Nigeria through the skills acquisition and entrepreneurship development programme.
The organisation said that since its establishment, the NYSC has championed various youth programmes but Ibrahim's tenure has recorded massive gains and global recognition.
According to the organisation, the NYSC Skills Acquisition and Entrepreneurship Department (SAED) led by the DG has become the biggest entrepreneurial programme in Africa.
The statement said:
"Our committee also recalls the role of its young doctors in sustaining the health sector during strikes and the immeasurable contributions of Corp members to our educational development and skills acquisition."
The award ceremony would take place at the Nigerian Air Force Conference Centre in Abuja on Thursday, December 16.
The event will be chaired by Nigeria's minister of special duties, Senator George Akume, with the Emir of Kano as the father of the day.
Other eminent Nigerians to be awarded on that day include His Excellencies, Ambassador Tukur Buratai, Governor Mai Mala Buni, Governor Abdullahi Sule and Governor Bala Mohammed.
NYSC scheme is more relevant now than ever before
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the Nigerian government is insisting that the NYSC is relevant for the country's graduates.
Many Nigerians have called for the scheme to be scrapped due to insecurity and bad roads that has cost the lives of corp members.
The government's minister of youth and sports development, Sunday Dara, says the scheme will remain in place.
Afenifere to NYSC: Allow corps members to serve in their home states
The pan Yoruba socio-political group, Afenifere, has urged the NYSC to allow corps members to serve in their respective home states.
The group said the NYSC should begin the process until security agencies stop the spate of kidnapping and insecurity across the country.
The spokesman of the group, Comrade Jare Ajayi, made this known in a statement seen by Legit.ng on Monday, September 27.