NYSC DG visits, gifts 74-year-old Scheme’s Anthem composer cash

The Director-General of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Brigadier General Shuaibu Ibrahim, on Thursday, visited Dr. Oluwole Adetiran, the composer of the NYSC Anthem, at his Oremeji-Ibafo residence in Ogun state.

Pa Adetiran, a corps member in 1984, composed the evergreen NYSC anthem while serving at the Polytechnic, Ibadan.

The NYSC boss, who presented an undisclosed cash gift to Adetiran, appreciated the stellar and indelible contribution of the septuagenarian to the scheme and assured him of support for his wellbeing.

He assured that NYSC would not abandon him in his trying period. He also pledged that Adetiran’s photograph would be conspicuously placed in the newly-built NYSC museum in Abuja.

In his response, Adetiran, who was surrounded by family members during the visit, thanked the Director-General and his team from Lagos and Ogun states, expressing joy at being remembered in his lifetime.

He lamented that he had been suffering from diseases, including hypertension, diabetes and prostate cancer since 2018.

He said, “I was the leader of an NYSC group called ‘the anthem group’ and the then chief inspector saddled us with the responsibility of composing an anthem for the NYSC.

“I went home and spent quality time to compose the anthem to the admiration of all and I still have the manuscripts till today.”

Adetiran, who studied music at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, recalled that he composed the anthem in 1984 while he was a corps member in Oyo State.

He urged the youth to be selfless and dedicated to national development.

Addressing journalists, the NYSC boss called on corps members across the country to be patriotic in service, so that they too could be celebrated in the future.

He noted that in its 48-year history, more than five million Nigerians had successfully gone through the Service, stating that the scheme remains a veritable tool for national development, with corps members strongly represented in every major strata of the economy.

(NAN)

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