The first group of National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) were official discharged on Sunday (30 June) at a special ceremony at Zaria in Nigeria.
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Background: The first group of National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) were official discharged on Sunday (30 June) at a special ceremony at Zaria in Nigeria. Hundreds of people watched the passing out parade at the Zaria Race Course.
The corps members -- university graduates called up for one year's community service -- took an oath of allegiance before they were presente with their certificates of discharge by the State Military Governor, Colonel David Bamigboye.
A message from the Nigerian Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon, was read by the Governor. General Gowon praised the corps as "worthy sons of Nigeria" who had brought "a new revolution in the service of young people" to their country. One of the objectives of the NYSC scheme is to mobilise labour, and the General said that the markets, local council buildings, roads and bridges they had built would stand as a lasting monument to their dedication and selfless service.
The students, who pioneered the scheme, have been invited to make an appraisal of the operation and to set out any suggestions they have for improving it in the future.
The objectives of the scheme are: to inculcate discipline in the young; to raise their moral tone; to develop in them attitudes which will make them more amendable to mobilisation in the national interest; to develop common ties and promote national unity; to encourage them to seek career employment all over the country; to induce employers to employ more readily qualified Nigerians, irrespective of their states of origin; and, lastly, to foster in Nigerians, a spirit of self-reliance.
The second section of the scheme begins on 1st August, 3,070 graduat have been called up to take part.