The director-general, National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Brigadier-General Shuaibu Ibrahim, FCT coordinator of NYSC, Hajia Walida Siddique Isah, were among the personalities, who paid glowing tributes to late corps member, Precious Owolabi, on the occasion of his 22nd posthumous birthday celebration and book launch in his honour yesterday at Radio House, Abuja.
Recall that Precious Owolabi was killed during the Islamic Movement of Nigeria’s protest in Abuja last year while on official assignment for Channels Television where he was serving.
Speaking during the posthumous birthday and launching of a book tiltled: ‘Three Minutes to Midnight’ in his memory, the DG NYSC described Owolabi as a patriotic young man whose passion for work and excellence are worthy of emulation. He described his death as a rude shock and great loss to the nation. He noted that Owolabi remains a model for other corps members to emulate.
General Ibrahim promised that the NYSC scheme will continue to instill the virtue of hard work and honesty in the corps members.
Similarly, the NYSC FCT Coordinator said Owolabi was a goal getter and resilient personality who ensured he made success of any assignment given to him. The Coordinator regretted that Owolabi who should have lived and made meaningful contributions to the growth of the society was cut short in his prime. She prayed God to receive his gentle soul.
The Chairman of the occasion, Prof. Rafindadi in his remark, described the deceased as a young man who died with so much potential but left an indelible mark within the short time he lived.
The ceremony was attended by eminent Personalities including parents and siblings of the late ex-corps member.