Youth Minister vows to present NYSC Trust Fund note to FEC – The Sun Nigeria
By Romanus Ugwu, Abuja
Youth and Sports Development Minister Sunday Dare has vowed to officially present the memo for the establishment of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) Trust Fund to the Federal Executive Council (FEC) in the first quarter of next year.
Dare dropped the hint during the official unveiling of his first film titled “A Call to Service” in Abuja last weekend.
“The timing of this movie wouldn’t have been better after weeks and months of debating whether or not NYSC is relevant, whether it should die or continue, and whether it still serves the purpose of its creation or should be. deleted.
“This film will rightly give the answer to the criticisms of this debate. After that premiere, this movie has to travel to all parts of this country and beyond as NYSC has come to stay.
“I thought I was a workaholic until I met my correspondent in the DG, General Shuaibu. Sometimes he makes me feel guilty about his dedication and his approach to work. We saw his hard-hitting leadership and he even made my job as Minister easier as most of the time I call him to discuss an initiative, I will find out that he is already doing or considering launching such a program.
“It would not have been possible without the directors and staff of the Plan. This film is a rallying point for the program and will ensure that the NYSC Trust Fund is ultimately approved. Probably, by the end of the first quarter of next year, when we have done everything necessary, I will present the memo to the Federal Executive Council (FEC) for the creation of the NYSC Trust Fund, ”he said. promised.
The program officially unveiled the first film titled “A Call to Service”, as part of the current management’s innovative approaches to engender a better appreciation of the relevance of the program.
Speaking at the inauguration, NYSC Brigadier General Shuaibu Ibrahim described it:
“As an advocacy and sensitization tool meant to influence a greater commitment of stakeholders to their responsibilities”.
The film will encourage local and internationally trained Nigerian graduates eligible for national service to make themselves immediately available for service after graduation and to avoid offenses such as truancy, flight and forgery. certificates, ”he said.
Speaking further, he said that the role of the NYSC in training and mentoring young people prepares them for future leadership responsibilities that have been appreciated by all.
“Not only do we make it responsive to contemporary national needs, but we also ensure adequate publicity for our programs and achievements,” said the CEO.
Assuring that the program will continue to provide opportunities for corps members to develop their potential, the NYSC boss said, “We have produced several short films aimed at raising awareness on issues such as elections, safe blood donation and the campaign against open defection.
“We created the NYSC National Cultural Troupe, which also aims to develop the talents of body members in dramatic and cultural performances.
“Since its inception, the now commercialized NYSC National Cultural Troupe has performed both formal and informal functions, dazzling audiences with exceptional exposure of Nigeria’s rich cultural heritage.
Former head of state and founding father of the NYSC, General Yakubu Gowon, in his messages of goodwill praised the NYSC leadership for providing an environment conducive to the discovery of the members of the body.
Represented by NYSC National Board Member Yusuf Nalado, General Gowon recalled that his administration’s decision to create the NYSC has borne fruit judging by the many accomplishments the program has recorded over the years. nearly five decades of existence.
While urging members of the corps to continue striving to consolidate the achievements of the program’s mandate, he said, “I call on Nigerians to continue supporting the program to support the achievement of its mandate.”
The three-hour film which was produced by former Corps member Jairuspaul Osazuwa and directed by Emmanuel Eyaba starred Pete Edochie, Toyin Abraham, Belinda Effah, Anita Asuoha (real Warripikin) and other Nollywood stars.