The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has unveiled the maiden edition of the Director-General’s Community Development Service award, during which staff and corps members were rewarded for outstanding performances in the sphere of Community Development Service (CDS).
A statement from DG’s office Friday revealed that the awardees included the overall best position, second and third best, taken by Oduma Fidelis Mbam, Ibrahim Iyanu Lydia and Shittu Iyanuoluwa Moyinoluwa, in that order.
In the staff category, the overall best award went to Rita Alo, of Engine, Gender Vanguard and Charity CDS Groups in FCT; Mrs. Ezinne Olanma Uguru, (Engine, Drink IQ and Youth Empowered for Success (YES) CDS Groups in Lagos took the second best position; while the third best went to Mrs Hebron Demsa, also of Gender Vanguards and Charity CDS Groups from Adamawa state.
The Director-General of NYSC, Brigadier-General Shuaibu Ibrahim, during the award presentation, said corps members who had made enormous impact in communities all over the country, with their legacies further endeared the scheme to all and sundry.
Ibrahim said, “The engagement of corps members in CDS imbues in them patriotic spirit, good interpersonal relationship, leadership skills, team spirit, endurance, selflessness, love, charitable spirit, among others.
“The idea of annual launch of CDS activities and the institution of awards will not only give additional impetus to this cardinal programme, but also spur both the corps members and the CDS Field Officers to greater performance.
“I am confident that the philosophy of Community Development Service you have imbibed during the service year will be put into practice in the various leadership positions you may find yourselves.
“While l heartily congratulate the award winners, it is my hope that this initiative will translate into greater results in the implementation of the Community Development Service.”