Nigerian Government, on Monday, issued automatic employment letters to 173 ex-corps members into the federal civil service for distinguishing themselves during their service at the primary assignment. Among those given the employment were nine physycally-challenged people, Nigerian Tribune reports.
Chairman of the Federal Civil Service Commission (FCSC), Mrs Joan Ayo, presented the letters to the recipients who served in 2012, 2013 and 2014. Ayo, while presenting the letters, commended the awardees for exhibiting exemplary conduct and discipline throughout their years in service.
"You are a special breed, congratulations on this achievement. You did not only excel in the universities, but also during your NYSC. It shows you are hard working, that is why you have been able to distinguish yourselves among your peers. "Your appointments are on merit and that is why it has nothing to do with the federal character principle. Your selection is devoid of political influence. It has nothing to do with political affiliation."
Out of the 173 members that were appointed, 164 got presidential awards while the remaining nine were introduced into the scheme through Hope Alive, a brainchild of the NYSC. The NYSC Hope Alive initiative is a public/private sector partnership (PPP) aimed at bringing succour to corps members who suffer permanent disability during service.
According to Director General of the NYSC, Brigadier General Johnson Olawunmi, “the initiative is also designed to give hope to future corps members that the scheme and indeed this great nation will not abandon those who may suffer similar fate in the course of national service. "This indeed is a worthy initiative. In the past, youth corps members who sustain injuries leading to permanent disabilities during their service were subjected to post-service emotional and psychological trauma as they were neglected by the same society they were mobilised to serve."