Sat. Apr 13th, 2024


The Director General National Youth Service Corps, (NYSC), Brigadier General, Yushau Dogara Ahmed, has called on all stakeholders to be more supportive, proactive and sensitive to gender related matters.

The NYSC DG made this call, Thursday, at Holy Trinity Schools, Ubakala, Umuahia South L.G.A, of Abia State in his keynote address at the second phase Gender Grassroot  sensitization and advocacy campaign for rural communities in Southern States of Nigeria, the NYSC DG whose address was delivered by the State Coordinator, NYSC Abia, Mrs Ufuoma Dick-Iruenabere, through the Zonal Inspector Umuahia, Mrs Patience Nwokolo, placed on record that NYSC is one of the foremost organisations championing the campaign against Gender based violence (GBV) and inequality through the activities of the Corps Gender vanguard CDS Group,

According to him, NYSC through the activities of the Gender Vanguard Community Development Service, CDS group, NYSC has continue to work with stakeholders towards the success  of gender mainstreaming in the country. 

He said the Corps Gender vanguard CDS Group have been equipped with requisite skills to carry  out awareness campaign and offer support services in the rural communities.

He therefore appealed to all stakeholders in gender related matters to support the NYSC Gender Vanguard CDS by providing them with enabling environment for them to make greater impact in the society.

Earlier in his welcome address, the Head Reforms Unit, NYSC Directorate Headquarters Abuja, Mr. S. Aroni, whose address was read by the Abia NYSC Gender Desk Officer, Mrs Chizube Ogbonna, stated that the event was organized to “sensitize our gate keepers,  and members of our host communities,  that neither gender, boy or girl, should be denied the right to any form of training, help or support to achieve their life dreams”.

He therefore urged all to say ‘NO’ to all forms of abuse and molestation of  children who are the future leaders of tomorrow.

The programme which had participants drawn from the host school, Holy Trinity Secondary School, Boaz International Schools, Jessy Christian Academy and Ambassador College Ubakala, featured among others a playlet and sensitization by members of the Gender Vanguard CDS.

Top among dignitaries and stakeholder present during the sensitization were the Mayor Umuahia South, Attorney  Ejikeme Nnochiri who was represented by the NYSC Schedule Officer Umuahia South LGA, Mr Chiemela Nwaozuru, and the

State Commander National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) Abia State, Mrs Okafor Nkem and her team.

No fewer than 500 active participants comprising of pupils, students, teachers, parents and guardians were in attendance at the sensitization programme, which had as it’s theme, ‘Gender Equality, Respect all’, according to the release made available to our correspondent by Mr. Omaka Onu Nnachi (anipr) NYSC Abia Public Relations Officer.


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