President Goodluck Jonathan, on Monday announced immediate employment and scholarship for 164 Presidential NYSC Honours Award winners.
This was at the combined 2012, 2013 and 2014 President’s NYSC Honours Award which was held at the State House Conference Centre, Presidential Villa, Abuja.
While he gave the award winners immediate employment in the Federal Civil Service, he also announced automatic scholarship up to Doctorate level in any University of their choice in the world.
He said the conferment of the President’s NYSC Honours Award is an important moment in youth motivation. It is designed to highlight and promote the creative and innovative contribution of our youths, focused towards building a strong, virile, vibrant, united and prosperous Nigeria.
The president noted the scheme’s collaboration with the Office of the Senior Special Assistant to the President on MDGs (Millennium Development Goals) for the implementation of the War against Poverty – a programme that has empowered over 3,000 Corps members with skills and follow-up loans for the establishment of agro-based businesses.
The President also hinted at the establishment a National Youth Development Fund by the Federal Government “in no distant time”.
The NYSC HOPE ALIVE PROGRAMME (NYSC-HAP) which seeks to identify and recognize Corps members who had the misfortune of becoming physically challenged as a result of injuries they sustained in the course of their National Service is one programme that is very dear to me.
The president commended the NYSC for showing concern in identifying and recommending some of them for appointment into the Federal Civil Service, while also assisting others financially, to enable them cater for their needs.
“The prompt response and pragmatism with which the Scheme addresses issues of national emergencies has also been demonstrated in the way it has successfully keyed into the global campaign against the dreaded Ebola Virus Disease. We are proud of the NYSC’s contribution which put in place appropriate awareness strategies about the disease, in our rural communities through the NYSC combating Ebola Virus disease programme.”