NYSC is here to stay, FG tells critics

NYSC is here to stay, FG tells critics

NYSC is here to stay, FG tells critics.

Mr. Sunday Dare, Minister of Youth and Sports Development, believes the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) is here to stay because of its irrefutable benefits to national development.

Dare gave a speech in Abuja on Saturday night at the premiere of “A Call to Service,” a NYSC advocacy film.

The film was made to raise awareness of the program’s importance in encouraging patriotism, national unity, peace, and cohesion.

Nollywood actors Pete Edochie, Toyin Abraham, Ali Nuhu, Belinda Effah, Imeh Bishop, popularly known as “Okon Lagos,” and comedian Anita Asuoha, better known as “Real Warripikin,” were among the cast members.

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The minister praised the film’s timely publication, noting that the scheme’s relevance has recently been the subject of public scrutiny and debate.

“After weeks and months of disputes about whether the NYSC is important or not, and whether the scheme should be canceled or continued, the timing of this film could not have been better.

“In the presentation of this film, the solution to the critics, to the anti-NYSC, is found. This film must travel and be seen on every available platform in the United States and abroad; it must go viral.

“In the presentation of this film, the solution to the critics, to the anti-NYSC, is found. This film must travel and be seen on every available platform in the United States and abroad; it must go viral.

“The message that the NYSC is here to stay must be sent out loud and clear.” The initiative is more vital now than ever before, according to the minister.

According to Dare, the film’s distribution will help the ministry achieve its goal of establishing the NYSC Trust Fund.

According to him, I believe I will be able to send a note to the (Federal Executive) Council for the establishment of a NYSC Trust Fund by the end of the first quarter of next year, once we have completed all of the essential steps.

Former Head of State and founder of the NYSC, Gen. Yakubu Gowon, has encouraged the Federal Government’s legislative and executive branches to take the required steps to establish the NYSC Trust Fund.
Mr Yusuf Nalado, a member of the NYSC Governing Board, represented Gowon, who stated that the gesture would assure the scheme’s continuation and the future of Nigerian young.

Gowon urged Nigerians to continue to support the scheme in order for it to fulfill its mission.

The NYSC Director-General, Brig.-Gen. Shuaibu Ibrahim, stated that the film was created to promote the scheme’s relevance as well as to provide a platform for corps members to develop their potential.

According to Ibrahim, the film also attempted to educate local and foreign-trained graduates on the importance of national service and the legal consequences of failing to comply.

“You are all aware that the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has long been a household name in Nigeria as a result of its tremendous contributions to national unity and progress.

“Its involvement in the training and mentoring of adolescents in preparation for their future leadership responsibilities has been lauded by all.”

“The film we’re showing today is part of the current management’s unique strategy to raising awareness of the scheme’s importance.

“It is an advocacy and sensitization tool that is also meant to influence stakeholders’ stronger dedication to their roles and responsibilities as outlined in the NYSC Act Cap N84 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004 and the NYSC Bye-Laws.”

The film, according to Ibrahim, is also being made to inspire local and foreign-trained Nigerian graduates who are eligible for national service to volunteer after graduation.

He claimed that by doing so, the graduates would avoid being charged with absenteeism, absconding, or certificate fraud.
According to the director-general, the film was made as part of the “NYSCwood” movie production platform, which was created to educate the public about important topics.

“At the time of its filming, some of the actors in the film were serving members of the military.” JairusPaul Osazuwa, a member of the corps, produced the film.

“This is consistent with our philosophy of allowing corps members to reach their full potential.” We created the NYSC movie production platform, which we named NYSCwood, to address this need.

“We’ve already made a number of short videos focused at raising public awareness about subjects like elections, safe blood donation, and the battle against open defecation.”

“Aside from using our films as tools of entertainment and education, NYSCwood will function as a training ground for corps members interested in pursuing a career as professional movie actors while also earning cash for the organization,” Ibrahim explained.

He added that the plan has also signed a collaboration arrangement with the Actors’ Guild of Nigeria (AGN) to give corps members more opportunities to grow and enhance their creativity.

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