The Federal Government on Tuesday in Abuja inaugurated the National Youth Service Corps museum, saying it would serve as a centre for research and documentation as well as a major tourist site.
According to the Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare, who did the inauguration, called on the National Commission for Museums and Monuments to facilitate the process of including the NYSC on the list of national monuments.
Dare said, “With the complexities of today’s world and the quest for foreign culture, it has become necessary to seek ways to preserve our history. Therefore, I am highly honoured to commission this project which will serve as a centre for research and documentation, and in the long run, a source of income to the NYSC scheme.
“It is worthy of note that with the complexities of today’s world and the quest for foreign culture, it has become necessary to seek ways to preserve our history and I believe that this may have informed the decision of NYSC management to establish this museum of dynamic history so as to preserve innovations, inventions, arts, and artifacts of the corps members and the scheme in general, He said.
The NYSC Director-General, Major-General Shuaibu Ibrahim, who was also in attendance, called on relevant authorities to facilitate the process of listing the museum among historical sites in the country, in addition to making it among tourist sites in the FCT.
According to him, “Artworks, painting fabrications and innovations of corps members, especially their ingenuity in the inventions of non-pharmaceutical materials in the war against COVID-19 have all been adequately preserved in this museum.
He however added that, attempt to preserve history of the scheme has received so much support as individuals have been coming forward to donate artefacts and other materials produced during their service year to be kept at the museum.