Leadership (Abuja)

19 February 2013

Nigeria: Corps Member Lifts Abaji Community

A National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) member, Mr. Akpoo Paul Ogbaji has provided a number of social amenities for the community of his primary assignment in Yaba village in Abaji area council.

Akpoo Paul Ogbaji is a graduate of Micro Biology from Federal University of Agriculture, Makurdi.

These include the construction of a roundabout with directional signposts in Yaba town; a skill acquisition training programme for the staff and students of Government Secondary School, Yaba as well as some members of the community and training of over 40 students of the Government Day Secondary School as Peer Educators Programme as part of his Community Development Service Project.

In his welcome address at the commissioning of the projects, Ogbaji said he decided to embark on the projects as part of his contribution towards reducing the risk of accidents at road junctions and help visitors coming to Yaba for the first time to easily locate their destinations and also to beautify Yaba village.

The corps member also said that the projects were designed to reduce the rate of unemployment among the members of the community and thereby make them self reliant and improve their standard of living.

Ogbaji also expressed belief that his Peer Educator's Programme (PEP) would help enable the youths spread the message of HIV/AIDS prevention and control not only to their peer groups but to the entire Yaba community and the nation in general.

In his remarks, The NYSC FCT Coordinator, Mr. Frank Ekpunobi, represented by the assistant director in charge of Community Development Service, Mrs. Theresa Arokoyo commended the corps member for the initiative, noting that the NYSC is happy with the lasting legacies he has put in place in the entire community.

The NYSC FCT Zonal Inspector for Abaji, Mr. Yinka Babatunde thanked Agbaji for his contribution towards improving the lives of the people of Yaba and also lauded his skills acquisition programme which would empower the people to be self reliant, generate employment and create wealth for themselves and others.

The Principal of Government Secondary School, Yaba, where Agbaji is doing his primary assignment, Mr. Vangarba Ayuba thanked him for embarking on the projects which he single handedly executed and stressed that the PEP would go a long way to reduce the spread of HIV/AIDS not only in Yaba but within the neighbouring villages.

He added that based on Mr. Ogbaji's commitment and achievement, the principals of Abaji zone cluster schools have resolved to write and request the board to retain him after his service year.

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