By Dickson Blessing
The president of Nigeria Goodluck Ebele Jonathan had offered automatic job employment and post graduate scholarships of former national youth service corp member in the country.
He made it known during the 2014 President's NYSC Honours Award and the flag-off of the NYSC Hope Alive Programme aimed at assisting corps members who suffer permanent disabilities during their service years.
He however clarified that the awardees, to be immediately absolved into the Federal Civil Service, were those yet to be employed by their state governments.
The NYSC Director General, Brigadier -General Johnson Bamidele Olawumi stated that awardees were drawn from the years 2012, 2013, 2014 for their outstanding performance during their service years. He further explained that 55 were from 2012, 52 from 2013 and 57 from 2014 respectively.
President Goodluck admonished them to be good ambassadors of the country and that the country would always look up to them for greater vision and accomplishments.
He further stated that "A nation that does not build the youth is building a nation for disasters."
The president also revealed that his office would further establish a National Youth Development Fund to ensure that "our vision for empowered youth is firmly irreversible".
He finally expressed that NYSC Hope Alive Programme (NYSC-HAP) which seeks to identify and recognise corps members who had the misfortune of becoming physically challenged owing to injuries sustained in the course of their national service was very dear to him.