NYSC Premieres Movie ‘A Call To Service’

NYSC Premieres Movie ‘A Call To Service’

By Joel Ajayi

As part of an ongoing effort to promote patriotism, national unity, peace, and cohesion in the country, the National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, on Saturday unveiled its maiden movie titled, “A Call to Service”.

Speaking, at the premiere of the movie in Abuja the NYSC’S Director General, Brig. Gen. Shuaibu Ibrahim, said that the movie will give opportunities for Corps members to develop their potential. 

According to him, NYSC, for long, has become a household name in Nigeria, owing to its invaluable contributions to national unity and development.

“In particular, its roles in the training and mentoring of the youth in preparation for their future leadership responsibilities have been appreciated by all and sundry. 

“Successive managers of NYSC have taken various measures aimed at sustaining public support for the Scheme. We not only make it responsive to contemporary national needs but also ensure adequate publicity for our programs and achievements.

“The movie we are unveiling today is part of the innovative approaches of the present Management to engendering a greater appreciation of the relevance of the Scheme. 

“It is an advocacy and sensitization tool that is also expected to influence the greater commitment of stakeholders to their roles and responsibilities as spelled out in the NYSC Act Cap N84 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004 and the NYSC Bye-Laws.

“In particular, it will encourage local and foreign-trained Nigerian graduates that are eligible for National Service to immediately make themselves available for the service upon graduation as well as avoid infractions such as absenteeism, abscondment, and Certificate forgery.

“I am pleased to inform this distinguished audience that most of the actors in the movie were serving Corps members at the time of its production. Indeed, the film was produced by a Corps member, Jairus Paul Osazuwa. 

“This is in line with our policy of providing opportunities for Corps members to develop their potentials. It is in this regards, that we established the NYSC movie production platform, which we christened NYSCwood. 

He commended all stakeholders in the public and private sector who have made invaluable contributions towards the success of the movie through sponsorship as well as other gestures such as usage of institutional facilities, amongst other.

On his remark, the Minister for Youth and Sports Development, Mr Sunday Dare commended the Director-General for his impactful leadership style.

He promised to ensure that the NYSC National Cultural Troupe performs at every government function.

Dare said Corps Members represent the vitality and strong presence of a future that is certain.

“The scheme is more relevant than it has ever be before.”

The Minister added that he will soon present a memorandum of understanding on the establishment of NYSC Trust Fund before the Federal Executive Council.

Former Head of State and the founding father of NYSC, General Yakubu Gowon commended NYSC Management for providing enabling environment for the Corps Members to discover their talents.

Speaking through a member of NYSC National Governing Board, Alhaji Yusuf Nalado, General Yakubu Gowon said his administration’s decision to establish the National Youth Service Corps has paid off from the numerous achievements the Scheme has recorded in almost five decades of its existence.

He urged the Corps Members to continue striving to consolidate on the achievements of the Scheme’s mandate.

The three-hour movie which was produced by an ex-Corps Member, Jairuspaul Osazuwa, directed by Emmanuel Eyaba featured Pete Edochie, Toyin Abraham, Belinda Effah, Anita Asuoha (real Warripikin) and other Nollywood stars.

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