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The newly appointed Director-General of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Brig.-Gen. Shuaibu Ibrahim, officially assumed duty on Friday as the 18th director general, with a five-point agenda to improve the scheme.

Ibrahim, while receiving the mantle of leadership from the former NYSC boss, Maj.-Gen. Suleiman Kazaure, at the NYSC Headquarters, Abuja, said top on his agenda is utilising the potential of corps members.

The new Director General of the National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, Brigadier General Shuaibu Ibrahim says he will pursue a technology-driven Organisation, and sustain effective utilization of potentials of corps members.

He assured corps members that he would continue to build on the successes and achievements of the former director general by continuing to pursue a technologically-driven organisation.

Ibrahim said he would ensure the welfare and security of corps members and staff, adding that while in office, he would strengthen existing collaboration with stakeholders.

The new NYSC chief said that he would restructure NYSC ventures, in line with the NYSC Act.

According to him, “It is an honour and privilege that I stand before you here to express my sincere and profound gratitude to God for making today possible.

“My ardent appreciation goes to the President, Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, Minister of Defence and Chief of Army Staff for finding me worthy to be appointed D-G of this scheme.

“The outgoing director general has done extremely well to have lifted the scheme to a higher level. I want to assure him that I will strive to sustain the achievements and take the scheme to another pedestal.”

The new director general urged the staff to remain committed to work, shun malpractice, corruption and ensure team work and fairness in all activities.

The former director general, in his handover address, thanked the management of the scheme, staff and the media for their cooperation, support and committment.

Kazaure urged the staff of the scheme to accord the new director general the same support and cooperation and assured them that he would continue to remain loyal and committed to the service of the nation in his new posting.

He said: “I thank his excellency, Mr President, for giving me the opportunity to serve the nation as NYSC director general.

“I also thank the Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Solomon Dalung, the NYSC National Governing Board, stakeholders and the media for the support given to me in the discharge of my responsibilities.”

Kazaure was appointed director general of the NYSC on April 18, 2016, and served as the 17th D-G of the scheme until his redeployment to the Nigerian Army Resource Centre on April 26, 2019.

Until his appointment, Ibrahim, the new NYSC boss, was the Registrar, Nigerian Army University, Biu in Borno.

Ibrahim hails from Nasarawa State and has a Bachelor and Masters Degree in History from University of Jos, with a PGDE from Tai Solarin University of Education and Ph.D in History from University of Abuja.

The new NYSC director general served in various military postings around the country, attended series of courses since his commissioning into the army and is a member of various professional organisations including the Historical Society of Nigeria (HSN).

Ibrahim received various military decorations including the Distinguished Service Star in 2018 and a recipient of series of awards including promotion from Senior Lecturer to Associate Professor at Nigeria Defence Academy 2017/2018.

Born on July 13, 1967, Mr Ibrahim, a graduate of University of Jos, attended Nigerian Army Education Corps (NAEC) Young Officers’ Course 1994, Infantry (INF) Young Officers Course 1996, Training Development Advisers Course (TDA) 2004 and NAEC Officers’ Executive Management Course 5/2013.

He obtained Doctorate Degree (Phd) in History from the University of Abuja in 2007. His research area was centered on Economic and Military History as well as Intergroup Relations.

Some of the previous positions he held in the military included Research Officer, Institute of Army Education (IAE); Military Assistant to the Director General of NYSC 1996-1999; Staff Officer Military History, National Defence College (NDC) 2004 – 2009; Senior Instructor, Nigerian Army School of Education 2009 – 2011; Staff Officer I Books Resources Procurement, Headquarters Nigerian Army Education Corps 2011 – 2012; Commandant Command Secondary School Suleja 2012-2014; Head of Department, History and War Studies at the Nigerian Defence Academy Nigerian Defence Academy 2014-2018.

Mr Ibrahim is a professional member of Historical Society of Nigeria (HSN), Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria (MTRCN), Exam Ethics Marshal International (An Exam Ethics Marshal), Editorial Board, Ibom Journal of History, University of Uyo, Editor-in-Chief, Journal of History and Military Studies, Nigerian Defence Academy, Kaduna.

He has authored publications, chapters in reputable academic journals.

In the course of his military careers, he has received several awards including Forces Service Star (FSS), Meritorious Service Star (MSS)and Distinguished Service Star (DSS). Other special recognitions he received are Chief of Army Staff Award as the Overall Best Participant for 2013 NAEC Executive Management Course; Nigerian Institute for Public Relation (NIPR) Special Recognition Award 2014; Award for Distinguished Professional Contributions to Public Services/Fellowship (FCAI) by Institute of Corporate Administration; Professional National Award of the Historical Society of Nigeria HSN 2018 and COAS Commendation Letter 2018.

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