Sixty-five former Corps members made up of 52 who received Presidential Honours Awards and 13 with Disabilities have gotten automatic employment in Federal Civil Service.
NYSC is a government-initiated program, established on May 22, 1973, designed to actively engage graduates in the process of nation-building.
The programme mandates graduates from universities and later polytechnics below the age of 30 years to partake in a one-year mandatory service.
Since the inception of the programme, more than 4.6 million graduates have participated in the scheme.
President Muhammadu Buhari disclosed the offer at the National Youth Service Corps NYSC 50th Anniversary Honours Award ceremony in Abuja.
“The two groups would be offered scholarships up to the level of Doctorate Degree at any university in the country and cash prizes of N250,000 for the top award winners and N200,000 for the other award holders,” Buhari said.
The President directed the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, the Federal Civil Service Commission and the Minister of Education to implement the employment and scholarship offers.
“The NYSC has continued to provide successive batches of Corps Members with a veritable platform to make important contributions to our national life,” he added.
President Buhari while expressing gratitude to the scheme’s founding father retired General Yakubu Gowon on May 22, 1973, paid respect to corps members who died in various circumstances while serving the country.
Sunday Dare, Minister of Sports and Youth Development, congratulated the former corps members, noting that their sacrifices and remarkable achievements represented the positive qualities they exemplified during their service year.
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