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NYSC: TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE TO OTHER NATIONS

Posted by on 2/13/2003 12:05:49 PM | Views: |

NYSC: TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE TO OTHER NATIONS

There is no doubt that the NYSC has performed creditably well in Nigeria these past 27 years, and has substantially achieved its major objectives as attested to by a large and diverse segment of the Nigerian population and especially the excorps members. Apart from being a vehicle for rapid economic development, the scheme has become a symbol of national unity and solidarity in a country as culturally, ethnically and linguistically diverse as Nigeria.

Because of this unique role, many African countries are itching to establish the scheme in their various nations. In furtherance of this, a number of African countries, notable Zimbabwe, South Africa,Sierra Leone, Gambia and Liberia have made enquiries, and requested Nigerian's assistance in this regard.

The West African State of The Gambia in 1995, requested for Technical experts from the NYSC to establish such a scheme in The Gambia. On 13 January, 1996, a team of five Technical Experts, headed by Gregory Kas Enegwea, were in The Gambia to establish The Gambia National Youth Service Scheme (GNYSS).

The team per formed so creditably well to the pride of Nigeria, and the happiness of The Gambian Government. Before they left at the end of 1997, the Gambian National Youth Service Scheme (GNYSS) was already standing proudly in structure and in essence. Till today, the Gambian National Youth Service Scheme is still being run by technical experts, provided by the National Youth Service Corps in Nigeria.