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The Ministry of Youths and Sports has 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.
The Minister, Mr. Sunday Dare made the call while inaugurating the NYSC Museum at the Headquarters of the Scheme in Abuja.
He commended the visionary leadership of the NYSC Director General, Major General Shuaibu Ibrahim for turning the challenges facing the scheme into opportunities which had continued to raise the Scheme to higher pedestal.
The Minister explained that the complexities of today’s world and the quest for foreign culture has made it necessary to seek ways to preserve history.
Mr. Dare said the idea of the Museum would preserve innovations, inventions, arts and artefacts of the Corps Members and the Scheme in general.
The Director-General of NYSC Major General Ibrahim said the scheme had been in existence for about five decades, hence the need for a museum as repository of historical and archival materials.
General Ibrahim said 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.
The NYSC DG 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 had 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 a goodwill message said the museum was 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.