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FG offers employment, scholarships to 168 corps members


The Federal Government has offered immediate employment and scholarships to 168 members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), who distinguished themselves during their 2015, 2016 and 2017 service years.

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo made the announcement on Friday, during the combined 2015, 2016 and 2017 President’s NYSC Honours Award, at the Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Representing the President, Osinbajo said the reward was to encourage excellence among youths in the country.“In line with our policy of encouraging and rewarding excellence among our youth, I hereby announce the immediate employment into the Federal Civil Service of all the Award winners and beneficiaries of the NYSC Hope Alive Programme.

“In addition, the Federal Government, hereby, offers each of you automatic scholarships up to Doctorate level in any Nigerian University of your choice,” Osinbajo said.The president described the NYSC, which was established in 1973 by the military government of General Yakubu Gowon, “as an indisputable national heritage,” which has continued to contribute to promote national integration and cohesion.”

He said: “The NYSC has from the beginning been about opportunities: opportunities for young Nigerians to serve, to earn a living, to travel, to see and learn about Nigeria beyond our comfort zones, and to build lifelong friendships…” he added.

Earlier in his address, the outgoing Director-General of the NYSC, Suleiman Kazaure, said corps members deployed in the 2015, 2016 and 2017 service years contributed immensely to the socio-economic development of Nigeria.

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