Oghenevwede Ohwovoriole in Abuja
The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has lost its Director Corps Mobilisation Mr. Frank Ekpunobi.
The late director who was said to be have graduated from the University of Nigeria Nsuka in 1984, joined the scheme in 1986.
According to a statement made available to THISDAY by the scheme acting Director, Press and Public Relations, Mrs. deyemi Adenike, “the NYSC has been thrown into a pensive and mournful mood arising from the death of Ekpunobi who until the sad event occurred on November 3, 2017, was Director, Corps Mobilisation, NYSC National Directorate Headquarters, Abuja.”
Ekpunobi, a 1984 graduate of Sociology/Anthropology, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, joined the corps in 1986 as Inspector 2. He had a brilliant career in the public service, rising steadily on the job, and by dint of hard work, attained the position of substantive director on January 1, 2015.
Prior to his elevation, Ekpunobi had functioned as Head of secretariat, National Governing Board; Head of Administration, office of the Director General, NYSC; state Coordinator, NYSC Secretariat, Kogi State and Coordinator, NYSC FCT Secretariat, Abuja.
As director of Corps Mobilisation who had the responsibility to mobilise, deploy and redeploying prospective and serving corps members across the country for national service, he brought commitment, favour, diligence and innovation to bear in the discharge of his onerous duties.
The statement added that Ekpunobi would be greatly remembered for his knack for hard work, humility, fairness and firmness in the course of his 31-year career in the scheme.
“He was a quintessential officer who represented the best the scheme stands for as pivot of national unity. He treated everybody equally, regardless of creed, tribe and status, the statement added.