The Minister for Youth and Sports Development, Mr Sunday Dare has commended the visionary leadership of the NYSC for not only remaining strong in the face of daunting challenges, but turning the challenges into opportunities which have continued to raise the Scheme to higher pedestal.
He stated this today while inaugurating the NYSC Museum of Dynamic History at the Scheme’s Headquarters in Abuja.
He noted that the complexities of today’s world and the quest for foreign culture has made it necessary to seek ways to preserve history.
He lauded the decision of NYSC Management to establish the Museum which would preserve innovations, inventions, arts and artefacts of the Corps Members and the Scheme in general.
“I am pleased to be associated with the pragmatic leadership of the Director-General of the NYSC for this and many other ground-breaking achievements, and I am highly honoured to commission this project which will serve as a centre for research and documentation and in the long run, a source of income to the Scheme”, the Minister said.
He called on the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture, the National Commission for Museums and Monuments and the Federal Capital Territory Administration to facilitate the process of including the NYSC Museum in the list of Museums and Monuments in the Country, in addition to making it among tourist sites in the FCT.
Sunday Dare expressed gratitude to President Muhammadu Buhari for his support for the betterment of the Nigerian Youth and the NYSC in particular, adding that government
policies and programmes have impacted positively on the lives of the youths.
He appealed to the Management of the NYSC to sustain the initiative behind the establishment of the Museum.
In his address, NYSC Director-General, Major General Shuaibu Ibrahim said the need for a museum as repository of historical and archival materials for an organisation with a rich history of close to five decades cannot be over-emphasized.
He added that his background as a historian enabled him realise the need for the documentation of the Scheme’s activities, which gave birth to the unveiling of nine books and other publications on the successes recorded by the Scheme.
“The NYSC Museum of Dynamic History therefore showcases the rich history from the inception of the Scheme, in an attempt to preview the future.
Archival materials in this museum have also been documented in the print and electronic media to make them more accessible to the general public”, he said.
Speaking further, General Ibrahim added that many national and international personalities had visited the museum, whose comments are testimony to the fact that the establishment of the museum was long overdue given the unparalled success recorded by the NYSC over the years.
He said artworks, painting, fabrications and innovations of Corps Members, especially their ingenuity in the invention of non-pharmaceutical materials in the war against COVID-19 have all been adequately preserved in the museum.
“It is our desire that individuals will find the museum a valuable tool of reference while availing researchers useful materials on the contributions of the Scheme to national development”, Ibrahim said.
The Chairman, NYSC National Governing Board, Ambassador Fati Bala Abubakar in her goodwill message said the museum is a noble initiative of the Director-General, carefully executed for the effective preservation of the skills, records, artefacts and legacies, including Corps Members’ inventions and fabrications.
Represented by a member of the NYSC National Governing Board, Architect Muhammad Sani Aliyu, she said that the museum was one of the remarkable achievements of the Major General Shuaibu Ibrahim led administration in complementing Government’s efforts in internally generated revenue for the sustenance of the Scheme and optimisimg its visibility.
She commended the DG for his initiative and described him as a visionary leader and historian of repute.
The Chairman promised the National Governing Board’s resolve to provide more support that will enable the Scheme consolidate on its gains, deepen effective service delivery and sustain its contributions to National development.
“I wish to congratulate the Director-General, members of staff and Corps Members on this noble initiative”, Abubakar said.