By Chris Onokpegu
Former Head of State, Gen. Yakubu Gowon has charged the federal government through the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports to establish the National Youth Service Corps Trust Fund.
This revelation was made by the Minister of Youth and Sports, Mr. Sunday Dare when he was inaugurating the new board of the NYSC at the ICT Resource Centre of the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports, Federal Secretariat, Abuja on Tuesday.
Mr. Dare said the former Head of State specifically wrote him, urging him to establish the Trust Fund and the federal government has given him the go-ahead to establish the Trust Fund which he said will go a long way to help take care of many challenges faced by the NYSC Scheme.
Meanwhile, while inaugurating the new board, Dare said the board has a cardinal responsibility to serve the youth. “The NYSC has made enormous contributions to the development of youth in the country,” he noted.
The minister however charged the new board on continuity and most especially on youth development. He also urged the board to use the opportunity given to them to move the NYSC forward.
Responding, the chairman of the NYSC board, Amb. Fatimah Abubakar assured the minister that they will not fail because of the confidence repose in them. She said they know how sensitive the NYSC is considering the fact that they are going to be dealing with youth.
She further assured on continuity and promised that they will do their best to take the NYSC to another level.
In a related development, the Minister also today inaugurated the board of the newly-elected Athletics Federation of Nigeria, AFN.
During the inauguration which took at the Moshood Abiola National Stadium, Abuja in the morning, Mr. Dare said the federal government will always support the new board led by Tonobok Okowa claiming that Nigeria will finally have a sign of relief as the crisis bedeviling the federation has been put to an end.
According to him, “We have been dealing with crisis in the AFN for the past 18 months. I want to thank the staff of the ministry for their unwavering commitment and support; and for defending the federal government’s position during the trying times. Now we can have a sign of relief as the crisis bedeviling the federation has been put to an end.”
Responding, the President of the newly-inaugurated AFN, Mr. Okowa said his board is not autonomous and will continue to work with the federal government and the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports to move AFN to where it used to be in those glory days.