MESSAGE OF THE DIRECTOR-GENERAL, BRIGADIER GENERAL SULAIMAN
KAZAURE FSS MSS DSS PhD MCSN, TO THE 2017 BATCH ‘A’ (STREAM ONE) CORPS
My Dear Compatriots in National Service
It gives me an immense pleasure to address you as you come on board
the ship of nation building which shall sail for the next twelve months.
Indeed, this is another phase in your life, a rare opportunity for
self development and actualisation, as well as contribution to national
development on the platform of selfless service. As you join the elite
vanguard in pursuit of a united, virile, egalitarian and economically
prosperous Nation, I charge you to approach this task with the highest
degree of fervour, patriotism, service and humility – the motto of the
forty – four year old Service Corps that has become a household name in
My dear virile corps members, your coming this far in life,
culminating in your membership of the Service Scheme has not been by
accident, but through a deliberate course of action, anchored on
discipline, diligence and resilience. The aggregate of which ensured
your success in the various qualifying examinations which gave you the
ticket to be in the NYSC Orientation camp now, for which I extend a
I implore you to reflect these virtues in all the tasks that shall be
assigned you during the Orientation course and the rest of the Service
As it were, the National Youth Service Corps has four cardinal
programmes which every member must successfully pass through to qualify
for demobilization at the end of twelve months.
The first is Orientation course, followed by Primary Assignment;
Community Development Service, also known as Secondary Assignment and
the last, but not the least, Winding Up / Passing – Out Ceremony.
As the name connotes, Orientation course which ushers you into the
Service Year is designed to equip you adequately for the challenges that
lie within and ahead of the Service. It involves trainings in physical
fitness and mental alertness, lectures, social and sporting activities
such as Dance, Drama, Variety Night, inter – platoon Football and Volley
competitions, as well as cooking competition, among others.
My dear patriotic corps members, the National Youth Service Corps in
the last few years recorded a great paradigm shift in its Orientation
course contents, tailoring them to the prevailing economic realities,
being a responsive, responsible and result – oriented Agency. The
shrinkage of white collar jobs in the country which necessitated an army
of unemployed and restive youth in search of scarcely available jobs
made this shift very germane and compelling.
Primarily, this witnessed the introduction of skill acquisition and
entrepreneurship development programme in the Scheme, with a Department
solely dedicated to coordinating and managing the programme.
I therefore hastily admonish that you pay very keen interest to this
programme which is a bold attempt by the NYSC to stem the tide of youth
unemployment in Nigeria through the impartation of various skill sets
and entrepreneurial mindset to corps members, for self dependency and
financial freedom at the end of Service.
It is gratifying to state that credit facilities are offered to
interested members at single – digit interest rate by a number of
Financial Institutions that are in collaboration with the Scheme in its
resolve to raise a crop of Entrepreneurs from amongst youth corps
members which has been a success story. The modalities for accessing the
facilities shall be unveiled to you during the sensitization programmes
that will be held in the camp. You must avail yourselves of this
opportunity offered on a platter of gold by the Scheme by keying into
the skill acquisition programme.
Let me at this juncture emphasize that in the three weeks you will be
encamped, there will be strict observance of regimentation in all your
activities. The implication of this is the curtailment of your freedom.
You are expected to conform accordingly and also ensure active
participatory camp life, while living harmoniously with one another. In
this wise, I encourage you to join the different camp committees such as
Social, Sports, Utility, Security, Sanitation committees among others
in order to achieve the aforesaid purpose.
At the end of Service, deserving corps members will be bestowed with
some awards in the form of Chairman’s Award, State Honours Award and the
most prestigious and highest of them, NYSC President’s Honours Award
which carries automatic employment into the Federal Civil Service.
Details of these Awards shall be revealed to you by your State
Coordinator. However, it is pertinent to state that grading of
recipients starts from the camp. I expect you to begin now to
distinguish yourself in whatever you do on camp as all eyes are on you.
At the end of the three – week programme, you will be posted to all
the nooks and crannies of the state to commence the other phases of
Service. I enjoin you to live peacefully with your host communities. As
much as possible, make some positive impact in the communities by
leaving them better than you will meet them. Get properly integrated
into the communities, learning their languages, cultures and norms.
However, you must avoid their taboos. Never get involved in their local
politics or show partisanship in national politics whenever you are
enlisted on national assignment as Electoral Officers. Involvement in
national politics is only permissible for you after your demobilization
Finally, you must never embark on frivolous journeys, whether within
or outside the state. Some of your predecessors met their sudden deaths
through such journeys, thereby causing their families great anguish. If
there is a compelling need for you to travel outside the state,
permission must be obtained from your State Coordinator through the
appropriate channel. This will be explained to you in detail by the
State Coordinator. Remember, the Nation and your families need you to
stay alive so as to complete the Service and maximize your life
My dear children, I welcome you once again on board the ship of unity
and sustainable development. As you sail along, I wish you a resounding
success in the voyage.
God bless you.
Director-General, National Youth Service Corps
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