NYSC mourns ex-director who introduced scheme’s flag, anthem
The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has commiserated with the family of its fourth Director-General, Maj-Gen Edet Akpan (retd.), who died on Saturday in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State. The NYSC said yesterday in a statement that Akpan’s administration, which lasted from 1984 to 1988, led to the introduction and institution of the NYSC flag and anthem, which are still in use.
The scheme’s Director of Press and Public Relations, Adenike Adeyemi, said in the statement that Akpan’s administration also established NYSC farms across the country, which enhanced the Community Development Service of corps members.
Adeyemi said: “The NYSC DG, Brig. Gen. Shuaibu Ibrahim, and the management received the shocking news of the transition of Maj. Gen. Akpan (retd). He was a consummate administrator who repositioned the scheme on the path of growth during his tenure as National Director – the nomenclature of the headship of the NYSC until June 16, 1993.
“He had achievements such as the institution of the NYSC Flag and anthem which have subsisted till this day; institution of the annual sports festival; and the establishment of NYSC farms across the country, which revolutionised CDS.”