By Adejumoke Alebiosu
National Youth Service Corps has unveiled the maiden edition of the Director-General’s Community Development Service Award where corps members and Staff were rewarded for outstanding performances in the sphere of community development service.
The awardees include the Overall best position; Oduma Fidelis Mbam AD/19C/2164, second best – Ibrahim Iyanu Lydia PL/19B/3818 and third best – Shittu Iyanuoluwa Moyinoluwa – BN/19A/0226. In the Staff category are; best CDS Officer, Rita Alo, Engine, Gender Vanguard and Charity CDS Group, FCT, Abuja, second best, Mrs Ezinne Olanma Uguru, Engine, Drink IQ and Youth Empowered for Success (YES) CDS Groups, Lagos while the third best is Mrs Hebron Demsa, Gender Vanguards and Charity CDS Groups, Adamawa State.
The occasion was also used to launch community development service activities for 2021. Brigadier General Shuaibu Ibrahim, Director-General, during the award presentation, said the engagement of corps members in community development service instil in them patriotic spirit, leadership skills, team spirit, among others. He added that their efforts have not only helped to bridge the imbalance in rural-urban development, but also reawakened stakeholders’ consciousness regarding the needs of the rural dwellers.
He commended the award recipients, adding that successive batches of Corps Members have served as foot soldiers in the implementation of different community development service projects across the country.
‘The idea of annual launch of CDS activities and the institution of awards will not only give additional impetus to this cardinal programme, but also spur both the Corps Members and the CDS Field Officers to greater performance. I am confident that the philosophy of community development service you have imbibed during the service year will be put into practice in the various leadership positions you may find yourselves.
‘While l heartily congratulate the award winners, it is my hope that this initiative will translate into greater results in the implementation of the community development service,’. DG said.
Ibrahim further stated that though corps members’ activities on CDS projects are geared towards accelerating development, especially at the grassroots, there is the need to intensify material, financial and technical support to actualise timely completion of such projects.
‘The usual fervour associated with CDS activities have continued to dwindle in recent years due to poor incentives for Corps Members who execute projects, lack of support from community leaders, inadequate financial and material resources and technical challenges,’ the DG added.
General Shuaibu Ibrahim commended the entire NYSC Staff nationwide for their unwaivering commitment to enhancing the success of Community Development Service activities.
During the ceremony, Gender Vanguard and Charity CDS Group, Adamawa, Gender Vanguard and Charity CDS Group, Akwa Ibom and Educating Nigerian Girls in New Enterprises (Engine) FCT were awarded first, second and third positions respectively. In the collaborative partners category, UNICEF came first, followed by Mind The Gap and third best – Sustainable Development Goals.
Dignitaries that graced the ceremony include; Alhaji Muhammed Musa Bello, FCT Minister, who was represented by Dr Kelvin Ike, Acting Secretary, Social Development Secretariat and Chairman, NYSC FCT Governing Board. Others includeMr Sunday Dare, Minister for Youth and Sports Development, Mrs Adejoke Orelope Adefulire, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Sustainable Development Goals, represented by Dr Bala Yusuf Yunusa, Senior Special Assistant, Technical.