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NYSC DG Calls for Implementation of Health Scheme

The new Director-General of the National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, Brigadier General Muhammad Fadah has called on the relevant stakeholders in the country to work towards the successful implementation of the Health Initiative for Rural Dwellers, HIRD and the scheme’s trust fund.

Brigadier General Fadah stated this during the swearing-in ceremony of the 2022 Batch B Stream One Corps members held at the Permanent Orientation Camp, Iseyin, Oyo State.

Speaking through the Oyo State Coordinator, Mrs Grace Ogbuogebe, Brigadier General Fadah said the health initiative which is aimed at providing easier, free and qualitative health care for rural dwellers, noted that the presence of NYSC was felt more in the grassroots which lacked easy access to quality healthcare.

Brigadier General Fadah, who restated the call for the actualization of the NYSC trust fund, explained that when implemented the trust fund would enhance the smooth operations of the scheme by addressing the challenge of infrastructure and also boost the skill and entrepreneurship development programme.

While enjoining the corps members to eschew social vices and the use of the social media in fuelling hatred, and fake news, the NYSC DG said the social media should be used to promote national unity and development.

Brigadier General Fadah added that corps members should get themselves vaccinated in the camp and adhere to covid 19 safety measures, while equally admonishing corps members to abide by the rules guiding NYSC camping and avail themselves of the skill acquisition and entrepreneurial development put in place by the scheme.

Radio Nigeria observed that 2,319 corps members undergoing orientation courses in Iseyin had 730 corps members drafted from Lagos State to Iseyin while 1,589 were posted to Oyo State.


The corps members were earlier administered the Oath of Allegiance by the Chief Judge of Oyo State, Justice Murktar Abimbola, who was represented at the occasion by Honourable Justice Iyabo Yerinma.

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Similarly in Osun State, Youth Corps Members have been called upon to shun all forms of religious intolerance, and ethnic bigotry and learn to embrace and respect one another’s differences.

They were also reminded that the NYSC orientation course was a critical ingredient to the attainment of national unity, integration, and peaceful coexistence.

This was contained in the address of Osun State Coordinator of the NYSC Mr Abdulwahab Olayinka at the swearing-in and official opening ceremony of the 2022 Batch B Stream I orientation course on Tuesday at the NYSC permanent orientation camp, Ede.

Mr Olayinka also emphasized that the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) scheme was the vehicle that avail participants the platform to practice what they had been taught in their various institutions.

He restated that the scheme had since inception been committed to the mobilization and training of Nigerian graduate youths towards national reorientation and development.

According to him, “The scheme avails you the leverage as patriotic citizens to contribute your quota toward building a united, peaceful and egalitarian society.

“You have been drawn from different states of the federation, from different cultures, backgrounds, academic clime, religions,s and ideologies, and are brought together to integrate, interact and work as a team to achieve the lofty ideals of our founding fathers and heroes past.”

The Osun NYSC boss who noted that the scheme is a 49-year-old legacy of the nation added that as true compatriots corps members were expected to know their roles in ensuring that the country’s identity was preserved in such critical times.

While charging corps members to use the new media to project themselves and the scheme positively, she enjoined them to we themselves as ambassadors of the scheme and the nation.

“Do not use your social media handles to spread hatred or peddle fake news but learn to spread love, kindness, and happiness everywhere you go.”

Earlier, in his welcome address, the NYSC Director-General, Brigadier General Mohammed Kaku Fadah called on corps members to be security conscious at all times.

In a speech delivered by the Osun NYSC State Coordinator, General Fadah also asked them to report all suspicious activities around them to the appropriate authorities.

The swearing-in ceremony which was presided over by the Chief Justice of Osun, Justice Adepele Ojo who was represented by Justice Adedapo Adeniji saw a total of 1553 prospective take the oath of allegiance.

Of the 1553 prospective corps members sworn in, 735 were males while the rest 818 were females.

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The Director-General of the National Youth Service Corps, Brigadier General Muhammad Kaku Fadah says the deployment of corps members away from states of origin and their assemblage from diverse ethnic, religious and socio-economic backgrounds is to promote national unity and integration.

General Fadah, who was represented by the NYSC Ondo State Coordinator, Mrs. Victoria Nnenna Ani, stated this in his address read at the Swearing-in Ceremony for the 2022 Batch ‘B’ (Stream 1) corps members.

“This policy will not only offer you the opportunity for a broader understanding of the country, but also entrench the culture of working together in an atmosphere filled with friendship, peace, harmony, and a shared vision of a great and prosperous Nigeria.

He reminded the corps members that the Oath of Allegiance sworn to is expected to guide their conduct in the service year as well as have an everlasting influence in their life after service.

General Fadah , who is the 19th Chief Executive Officer of NYSC implored the new entrants into the scheme to sustain the high level of discipline and enthusiasm they have demonstrated so far and urged them to remain compliant with the camp rules and regulations.

“You must continue to distance yourselves from cultism, drug abuse, and other social vices. I urge you not to use social media for negative purposes but deploy same for the promotion of national unity and development”.

Fadah reminded the members of the service corps that white-collar jobs are no longer readily available, and therefore encouraged them to avail themselves of the opportunities embedded in Skill Acquisition and Entrepreneurship Development (SAED) programme.

“You are expected to choose from any of the skill areas, and make yourselves available for the training, which starts from the orientation camp. On our part, management will continue to work with relevant stakeholders for the success of the programme”.

Speaking on COVID -19, he directed all corps members as well as the entire camp community to adhere strictly to the non-pharmaceutical protocols of the Coronavirus pandemic and observe physical distancing, wearing of face masks at all times, and frequent use of hand washing facilities provided at strategic locations in the orientation camp.

General Fadah congratulated 1300 deployed to Ondo State and commended their patriotism and commitment to give their best to the service of the fatherland.

The Chief Judge of Ondo State, Honourable Justice Williams Akintoroye who was represented by Honourable Justice John Olajide Abe administered the Oath of Allegiance on the prospective corps members.

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