Olawumi promised this at the Passing-Out Ceremony of the 2013 Batch `A’ corps members in Abuja.
He also pledged to make the scheme more acceptable for stakeholders and the host communities.
“It is from the quality of the service that we are going to improve for corps members that will make the host communities to accept it more than the way it is now.
“Very soon, you will see how we are going to improve on the service content of the scheme by making the corps members more responsible and more hard working in their host communities and by then we believe the communities too will accept them’’, he said.
On the challenges corps members faced before and during their primary assignment, he said “all the stakeholders are working hard to bring improvement to corps members’ conditions.’’
“You realise not too long ago Mr President approved the increment for the corps members allowance and even the State Governments have been doing a lot.
“It is for us to keep on talking to the stakeholders especially the private sectors to see how they can support and augment what the government is doing so that we can bring improvement into their living conditions’’, he said.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that four out-going corps members received FCT Merit Awards while six others received Recommendation Letters.
The four FCT merit recipients were Obi Patrick, Alimon Atu, Amina Hauwa and Samuel Ekundayo.
There were 3,428 corps members that passed out from FCT.
Meanwhile, a report from Umuahia said that Mr Elijah Tangi, the overall best corps member in the 2013 NYSC Batch ‘A’, has hailed the scheme.
Tangi, 29, graduate of Education (Pol. Science), Niger Delta University, Otuoke, Bayelsa, said the scheme had lived up to the ideals of its founding fathers.
He told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) during the passing out ceremony in Umuahia that the scheme had contributed immensely to unifying Nigerian youths.
He said that he had all his life nurtured a desire to affect life positively, adding that the one year national service offered him the opportunity to actualise the dream.
“It has been my dream that if I have an opportunity, I will give my fatherland the best’’, he said, adding: “today is a remarkable day in my life.’’
He said he was moved by the absence of basic needs in his host community of Ukwunwangwu, Uturu, in Isuikwuato Local Government Area, to embark on the projects that earned him the award of the best corps member.
“’It has always been part of me to make positive impact in the life of people around me and that was why I embarked on those projects’’, Tangi said.
He thanked the community leaders and citizens of the area who assisted him with funds to execute the projects.
The projects included the reconstruction of two toilets at the community market and renovation of the community’s primary health care centre.
He also set up a library at Dickson Vocational College, where he did his primary assignment.
Tangi also donated wheelbarrows, shovels, rakes and waste bins to the state NYSC, among other projects.
In a brief remark, Gov. Theodore Orji commended the corps members for their brilliant performance and contribution to the development of the state.
Represented by his Deputy, retired Col. Emeka Ananaba, the governor announced N100,000 to each of the award winners.
The Chairman of the state NYSC Governing Board, Mrs Ngozi Oji, gave the assurance that the State Government would continue to reward excellent service, diligence, hard work and outstanding performance by corps members.
Oji enjoined the corps members to continue to show faith in the corporate existence of Nigeria and engage in acts that would promote national unity, peace and development.
The state NYSC Coordinator, Mrs Victoria Okakwu, said that 1,911 corps members passed out, adding that they discharged their duties creditably in their various places of primary assignment.
NAN reports that 15 corps members won State Awards for meritorious service.
Highlights of the event included the inspection of the corps members’ parade by the governor’s aide and former military administrator of Cross River, retired Navy Capt. Chris Osondu.
Osondu also took the salute from the parade on behalf of the deputy governor. (NAN)
2013 Batch ‘A’ Winding-up/Passing-out Approved Programme of activities
NYSC Management has approved the following programme of activities for the 2013 Batch ‘A’ Winding-up/Passing-out exercise:
- Tuesday 28th January, 2014 – Wednesday 5th February, 2014
- Job Creation and Awareness Week, Sensitization of Corps Members on Job Creation/Opportunities after Service. This will be done at the Zonal level using relevant officers.
- Lectures/Seminars on Job opportunities by the National Directorate of Employment (NDE) at the Zonal level.
- Thursday 6th February, – Friday 7th February, 2014
- Release of Passing-out Corps Members by Employers.
- Registration/Clearing of Corps Members. Information on conditions for issuance of Certificates of National Service
- Monday 10th February, 2014
- Parade Rehearsal
- Signing of Final clearance by Zonal Inspectors.
- Tuesday 11th February, 2014
- Parade Rehearsal.
- Signing of Final clearance by Zonal Inspectors.
- Debriefing/Evaluation of Service Year.
- Administration of Questionnaire (Form 4B) on 5% of the Passing-out Corps Members.
- Wednesday 12th February, 2014
- Final Parade Rehearsal.
- State Farewell Party to be presided over by the Governor of the State.
- Thursday 13th February, 2014
- Passing-out Ceremony to be presided over by the Governor of the State.
- Distribution of Certificates of National Service to deserving corps members.