By Adejumoke Alebiosu
Brigadier General Shuaibu Ibrahim, NYSC Director-General, has been conferred with the Icon of Human Rights Award in Africa by Human Rights Writers’ Association, HURIWA recently at the NYSC National Directorate Headquarters, Abuja
Mr Emmanuel Onwubiko, National Coordinator, HURIWA, during the presentation of the award at the NYSC Office, described General Ibrahim as a charismatic, visionary and indefatigable leader who has achieved tremendously since assumption of duty as the 18th Director-General of the NYSC Scheme.
He specifically commended him for his doggedness in sanitising the NYSC mobilisation
process by preventing unqualified persons from participating in national service.
The Coordinator added that NYSC Scheme since inception through its deployment policy has been contributing immensely to the socio-economic development of the country.
Onwubiko commended the Federal Government for providing enabling environment for the Scheme to achieve its mandate.
He strongly condemned the call for the scrapping of the Scheme, but called for more public support to enable the NYSC perform more for the public, as it consolidates on its achievements.
‘NYSC is a pivotal initiative of the entire country which has
achieved a lot of milestones since inception, and Nigerians should support it.
‘The Scheme is a national heritage of our country that should be preserved for continuous integration of young graduates,’ he said.
He appealed to the media to give a balanced reportage of the Scheme’s activities and refrain from spreading fake news about its programmes.
In his response, the Director-General, Brigadier General Shuaibu Ibrahim said NYSC Scheme is a proactive agency that would continue to contribute its quota to national unity and integration.
He said Corps Members are very neutral, knowledgeable, determined and patriotic set of young Nigerians, who are very active during national assignments like elections, community development activities, health campaigns, education and in critical moments of national emergency.
Ibrahim urged members of the association to use their forum to sensitise Nigerians on peaceful co-existence and national unity.
‘We are better when we stay together and NYSC stands for unity. Let the spirit of the NYSC live in you. Let us turn our challenges to strength because there is strength in unity,’ Ibrahim said.