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Gowon Want NYSC Post Corppers To West African States

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Just when Nigerians are disturbed over rising death of National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) members across states in Nigeria, retired General Yakubu Gowon, former head of state, on Wednesday, suggested the Service post Corppers to West African states.

While presenting his speech at a workshop in Abuja on the NYSC Act, Gowon said most of the West African states had always requested that Nigeria post corps members to them to help in health care, teaching and others.

Gowon, who was represented by the pioneer Director-General of the NYSC, Ahmadu Ali, said the West African states preferred corps members to peace corps members or volunteers from the United States to handle some of the volunteer jobs in their various countries.

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Giving brief about NYSC, Gowon said when his regime established the Service under Decree No.24 in 1973, the objective was to ensure that Nigeria remained an indivisible entity.

He furthered noted that it was gratifying to know that after 46 years of existence, the scheme still serve its purpose as one of the most enduring national institutions.

Responding to the suggestion, the NYSC Director-General, Brigadier-General Ibrahim Shuaibu, described it as excellent, saying that could only be done by amending the NYSC Act.

Shuaibu noted that the scheme in the last 46 years had made tremendous impact especially the area of unity and socio-economic development.

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