NYSC, NOA to launch campaign similar to WAI

The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) is set to launch a national campaign on value re-orientation and societal rejuvenation reminiscent of the War Against Indiscipline (WAI) of 1984.

One of the most enduring legacies of the Buhari government has been the War Against Indiscipline (WAI).

The programme, aimed at promoting core values and patriotism among citizens, would be jointly anchored by the NYSC, the National Orientation Agency (NOA) and supported by other collaborating partners.
The Director-General, NYSC, Brig.-Gen. Johnson Olawumi, disclosed this when his NOA counterpart, Mr Mike Omeri, visited him at the Headquarters of the NYSC in Abuja on Tuesday.
Olawumi said the campaign would be geared towards supporting the Buhari administration’s change agenda which would be anchored on discipline and order in all facets of societal endeavour.
He said the NYSC and NOA would leverage on its national spread and network within and outside Nigeria to carry the message of `doing the right thing’ to all parts of the country.
“This campaign is aimed at re-enacting the key agenda that the Buhari regime was identified with in 1984.
“All the things that administration did using soldiers would now be executed using corps members and NOA officers across the country.
“I have no doubt in my mind that this campaign will be a success given the spread of the NYSC and NOA, we feel we are in the best position to carry out this campaign,’’ he said.
Olawumi said the organisers would employ robust public sensitisation drive and an attractive reward system to actualise the new government’s agenda through the campaign.
He said the government would not be required to use its funds to support the campaign as key private sector players would be encouraged to fund the campaign.
He said the campaign would soon be given the right nomenclature but that the areas of interest would include good public and private conduct as well as patriotism, among other values.
Earlier, Omeri said the planned national campaign would help restore Nigeria’s values and the fast fading sense of patriotism among Nigerians.
He said the planned national campaign might not be the exact replica of the War Against Indiscipline of 1984.
Omeri explained the campaign would focus on promoting the study of civic education in schools using corps members and NOA community brigades, among other targets.
While commending the NYSC for its support for the successful conduct of the 2015 general elections, Omeri urged the scheme to exhibit the same vigour in the planned value reorientation campaign.
He solicited the support of all Nigerians in helping to revive the culture of order, discipline and patriotism among Nigerians.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that a committee was set up to harmonise the submissions by the NYSC and NOA on the proposed campaign. (NAN)

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