Awards

FOCUS: NYSC STATE MERIT AWARD 2013

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Government Officials presenting the awards to Dr. Kennedy

Since the establishment of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) in 1973, the National Directorate has endeavored to operate in such ways that meet the needs and aspirations of the various governments of the Federation. As a country determined to develop the potentials of her citizens, Nigeria has initiated a number of developmental programmes, among which education and health are of paramount importance.

Towards this end, and in line with the objectives of the NYSC scheme, Corps Members are encouraged to carry out a number of Community Development Service (CDS) Projects in their places of Primary Assignment.

Dr. Kennedy O. Obohwemu was among the 2012 Batch ‘C’ Corps Members posted to Kogi State for his National Youth Service Year. After the routine six weeks Orientation Exercise in Asaya Camp, he was posted to Ika Christian Hospital in Ika, Ankpa Local Government Area (LGA) for his Primary Assignment.

While working as a Medical Officer at the missionary hospital, Dr. Kennedy surveyed his immediate environment and identified the challenges of the villagers living with him. Education and health were of paramount importance. The only surviving Secondary School in the Community was in complete decline; the structures were dilapidated and begging for attention. Someone had to take the bold step and make a difference in the lives of the people in the community.

Dr. Kennedy decided to contribute his quota to community development. He squeezed out time from his busy schedule and executed a number of outstanding community projects in Ika Community Secondary School, Ika:

  1. RENOVATION OF A BLOCK OF FOUR (4) CLASSROOMS
  2. REFURBISHMENT OF LIBRARY COMPLEX
  3. RENOVATION OF ADMINISTRATIVE BUILDING
  4. BEAUTIFICATION/FUMIGATION OF ENTIRE SCHOOL
  5. NYSC BRAIN-MATCH FOR ALL SECONDARY SCHOOLS IN ANKPA LGA (intelligence competition geared towards fostering healthy academic rivalry among students).

In recognition of his efforts, Dr. Kennedy was on Thursday, October 10th, 2013 presented with the NYSC State Merit Award in a glitz ceremony jointly hosted by NYSC and the Kogi State Government. There were five award recipients in total.

We wish Dr. Kennedy many more honours ahead as he continues to serve his motherland.

Courtesy: Twisted Crew

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