The Presidential Honours Awards Committee of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has recommended 60 corps members for the 2015 honours.
The committee’s chairman, Dr. Kevin Ihenetu, presented its report yesterday to NYSC’s Director-General, Brig.-Gen. Olawumi Johnson, in his office in Abuja.
According to Ihenetu, though the screening process was rigorous, the committee shortlisted the best among the 222 corps members previously selected.
Part of the criteria used to arrive at the final selection of the awardees was that corps members must have distinguished themselves at the orientation programme, primary assignment, the community development service, and the group CDS before they could be nominated.
Ihenetu, who said there was no pressure from any quarters, said: “We have work assiduously with all sense of patriotism and we have come out with a report to the best of our knowledge that would be accepted”.
“The public don’t know us. So, there wouldn’t have been any pressure. And all those who received concessional posting were automatically disqualified. Each state is expected to produce two corps members for the award, but there are some states that did not produce any candidate”, the committee chairman added.
In accepting the report, Olawumi lauded the committee and promised to make the report available the same way it was submitted to him, adding that the scheme would ensure that the award takes place in 2015 as directed by the president.