Under a new scheme in Nigeria, graduates from the country's universities will have to spend a year working on state assignments throughout the country.
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"It has been generally accepted that if Nigeria is to make rapid progress on all fronts internally, and if she is to make her mark on the continent of Africa, and indeed, in the Comity of Nations, then her youths must be fully mobilised and be prepared to offer, willingly and without asking for rewards in return, their best in the service of their nation at all times.
"I wish to assure you, Mr. Chairman and Members of the Directorate of the National Youth Service Corps, of the full support and co-operation of all the Governments in the Federation in all your undertakings. Yours is not an easy assignment and the whole world will watch to see what you make of this bold and challenging venture. God willing you will not fail. I wish you the very best of luck, success and God's blessings. Thank you."
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Background: Under a new scheme in Nigeria, graduates from the country's universities will have to spend a year working on state assignments throughout the country. The head of state General Yakubu Gowon formally launched this compulsory National Youth Service on Monday (June 4).
Addressing the directorate of the National Youth Service Corps, General Gowon said that if Nigeria was to become a great nation, all its youth must be mobilised for selfless service. Under the new scheme, the students will receive a salary of 120 Naira (GBP85 sterling) a month during their period of service. There are also fringe benefits including free housing and medical treatment: