NYSC: Workers, corps members bag Director-General’s awards

The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has unveiled the maiden edition of the Director-General’s Community Development Service award, during which staff and corps members were rewarded for outstanding performances in the sphere of Community Development Service (CDS).

A statement from DG’s office Friday revealed that the awardees, include the overall best position, second and third best, taken by Oduma Fidelis Mbam, Ibrahim Iyanu Lydia and Shittu Iyanuoluwa Moyinoluwa, in that order.

In the staff category , the overall best award went to Rita Alo of Gender Vanguard and Charity CDS Groups in FCT; Mrs Ezinne Olanma Uguru, (Engine, Drink IQ and Youth Empowered for Success (YES) CDS Groups in took the second best position; while the third best went to Mrs Hebron Demsa, also of Gender Vanguards and Charity CDS Groups from Adamawa state.

The Director-General of NYSC, Brigadier-General Shuaibu Ibrahim, during the award presentation, said corps members who had made enormous impact in all over the country, with their legacies further endeared the to all and sundry.

Ibrahim said, “The engagement of corps members in CDS imbues in them patriotic spirit, good interpersonal relationship, leadership skills, team spirit, endurance, selflessness, love, charitable 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.

“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”, General Ibrahim said.

Ibrahim further stated that though 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 projects, such as civil works and fabrications initiated by corps members within a part of the service year.

“The usual fervour associated with CDS activities have continued to dwindle in recent years. Factors responsible for this include poor incentives for Corps Members who execute projects, lack of support from community , inadequate financial and material and technical challenges.”

NYSC boss commended the entire staff nationwide for their unwaivering commitment to enhancing the success of Community Development Service activities.

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