Awards have been presented to 168 ex-corps members at the combined 2015/2016/2017 ‘President’s NYSC Honours Award’ held at the State House Banquet Hall, on Friday in Abuja.
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo who represented President Buhari announced automatic employment to the awardees in the Federal Civil Service and scholarships up to Doctorate level in any Nigerian universities.
In attendance was the former Head of State, Yakubu Gowon, who created the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) in 1973.
Other set of people who were recognised under the NYSC Hope Alive programme, 15 ex-corps members who suffered disability during their service year.
In the female category for National Council for Women Affairs Award, three best females were recipients of the award.
In 1974 The President’s NYSC Honours Award was instituted to encourage corps members to contribute to the overall national development by embarking on community development projects.
Buhari said that it was the exceptional individuals in society who were the true builders of institutions and nations.
Speaking further, he revealed that, the vision, innovation and hard work of one person is sufficient to make a difference in the life of a community or a nation.
The president also said, that enduring individual success was a function of courage and resilience, adding that he was challenged by the remarkable courage of the Corp members who suffered various accidents while in service.
“The fact that they have gone through these harrowing personal injuries and are still determined to engage the future with hope and confidence is proof that they will still experience the joys of great success and fulfillment.
“To all of today’s honorees, let me make it clear that you are not just the future of this country, but also its present.
“You must all see yourselves as the leaders that you are; but leadership comes with responsibilities and continuous sacrifice.
“The successes you have achieved and are being rewarded for today, should inspire you to even greater feats, in your various spheres of influence.
“I therefore charge you all to continue to be the light for others to follow, whilst also seeing yourselves as lifelong ambassadors of the NYSC.