The Director General of National Youths Service Corp NYSC, Brigadier General Shuaibu Ibrahim has charged Corp members, including the incoming 2020 Batch “B” Stream II, to work conscientiously and harmoniously towards building a strong indivisible, hate -free and economically viable nation.
In his New Year message to Corp members and prospective Corp members on Friday, General Ibrahim reminded Corp members to always take their security seriously and stay safe by adhering strictly to COVID-19 safety protocols, also advised them never to embark on night journeys.
According to him, “On behalf of Management and Staff of the National Youth Service Corps Scheme, I thank God whom it has pleased to make us see 2021, another brand new year which holds so much hope for us, and indeed our country, Nigeria.
Doubtlessly, the outgone year 2020 was confronted by a lot of existential challenges, especially the COVID-19 pandemic which was unexpected and has been decimating millions of lives globally, with its attendant social and economic dislocations”, he said.
He added that painfully and regrettably, NYSC laid out programmes for 2020 were unfortunately and variously truncated by the pandemic which necessitated a national lockdown to safeguard the lives of the citizenry.
He admonished that destiny can only be delayed, but can never be denied. “As long as there is life, there is hope and the year 2021 holds so much hope and aspirations for you. I pray that the year renews our spirit of patriotism, zeal and commitment to national service, which are critical for engendering a prosperous nation.
“Let the distractions posed by the challenges of the past year never dim your resolve to pursue vigorously the ideals of nation building as members of the National Youth Service Corps Scheme, and in particular, as greater stakeholders in the project Nigeria.
“I am overwhelmed with joy that in spite of the seemingly dashed aspirations, we are all alive to witness this new year. May God guide and protect you as you strive to achieve these noble objectives. Together, we shall make Nigeria a great nation among the comity of developed nations globally”, he said.