President Muhammadu Buhari will today give the presidential honour awards to 110 ex-members of the National Youth Service Corps from the 2018 and 2019 batch.
NYSC Director-General, Brigadier-General Shuaibu Ibrahim, at a press conference in Abuja yesterday, said over 500 names were submitted, but after a rigorous selection process, 110 were found worthy for the honours.
He said the corps members were assessed based on their “exemplary performance during orientation, primary assignment, group community development service, winding-up and passing-out programmes”, among other criteria.
Ibrahim said corps members who relocated from their original states of posting as well as those who served in their states were not recognized to receive the awards.
On the incessant backlogs of ex-corps members due for the presidential honour awards, he said the scheme was working hard to put an end to the trend.
He said no cases of COVID-19 were recorded in at orientation camps so far.
He said the staff member of the scheme who died of the virus in Kano State was not allowed into the camp, but was taken to an isolation centre immediately he was tested positive.
Ibrahim said corps members who were in camp February last year were given opportunities to return and complete their orientation exercise, hence they would be passing out next week.