Abuja remains home to corps members – Minister
Hudu Yakubu, Abuja
The Minister of State in the Nigerian Federal Capital Territory Administration FCTA, Dr. Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu, has given the assurance that the administration would continue to serve as home to all corps members posted to the nation’s capital for the one-year mandatory youth service scheme.
The minister gave this assurance when the management team of the National Youth Service Corps, led by the NYSC FCT Coordinator, Alhaji. Abdul Suleman paid her a courtesy visit in Abuja Nigeria’s capital.
Aliyu, who used the occasion to caution corps members against influencing their redeployment, also noted that the services of corps members are not only needed in rural communities but gain more recognition in hard-to-reach communities.
According to her, “If you are responsive to the plight of the people depicts a very high quality of leadership that is missing among our youths. So, in essence, it is in those rural areas that offer you the opportunity to show your leadership qualities.
“It is only in those remote areas that you can think out of the box for the benefit of the people. These are areas that often lack portable water, and other social amenities. Seeing the condition of the people can give you the necessary push to come up with ideas on what to do for the benefit of mankind.
“The environment in Garki and Wuse will not offer you the opportunity to think of what to do because governments at all levels have provided all the amenities needed for the people. So, for you to get all the latitudes to hit the ground running is for you to serve in rural communities. Please, I urge you all not to work your ways to be redeployed”.
The NYSC FCT Coordinator, Alhaji. Abdul Suleman informed the minister that the 2021Batch ‘B’ Stream II Orientation Course commenced as scheduled, stressing that in compliance with the COVID-19 preventive protocols, all corps members, camp officials and the entire camp community were screened for the virus and only those who tested negative were allowed into the orientation camp.
He also stated that at the close of registration, a total of 1,340 corps members comprising 679 males and 661 females were registered and sworn-in by the representative of the Chief Judge of the FCT, adding that the corps members have exhibited a high level of discipline and resilience since the commencement of the orientation course.
Suleman, however, commended the FCT Administration for providing the enabling environment required to host the orientation course, and the tremendous support from the host community.
The highpoint of the event was the presentation of artwork to the FCT Minister of State by a corps member, Okon Lawrence Idim, with batch number FCT/21A/5096.