The first group of National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) participants were official discharged on Sunday 30TH JUNE 1974 at a special ceremony at Zaria Race Course in Nigeria.
A message from the then Nigerian Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon, was read by the Governor. General Gowon praised the participants as "worthy sons of Nigeria" who had brought "a new revolution in the service of young people" to their country.
One of the objectives of the NYSC scheme is to mobilise labour, and the General said that the markets, local council buildings, roads and bridges they had built would stand as a lasting monument to their dedication and selfless service. The students, who pioneered the scheme, were invited to make an appraisal of the operation and to set out any suggestions they had for improving it in the future.