President Muhammadu Buhari has granted automatic employment in
the Federal Civil Service to sixty-five former members of the
National Youth Service Corps (NYSC).
Speaking at the NYSC Fiftieth Anniversary Honours Award held at
the State House Conference Centre, Abuja, President Buhari
highlighted numerous achievements of the scheme since its
establishment fifty years ago.
The president said out of the sixty-five recipients, fifty-two
individuals received the Presidential Honours Awards, while the
remaining thirteen were physically challenged ex-Corps Members
recognised under the NYSC Hope Alive programme.
In addition to the employment, Buhari also disclosed that both groups
would be awarded scholarships to pursue their education up to the
doctorate degree level at any university of their choice within the
He announced a cash prize of two hundred and fifty thousand Naira
for each of the top award winners, two hundred thousand Naira for
other award recipients, including the physically challenged ex-Corps
members under the NYSC Hope Alive Programme.
Consequently, the president issued a directive to the Head of the Civil
Service of the Federation, the Federal Civil Service Commission, and
the Minister of Education to ensure adherence to the employment
offers and the granting of scholarships.
President Buhari also used the occasion to pay tribute to corps
members from the batches being honoured, who lost their lives under
various circumstances while serving the nation.