The Muslim Corpers’ Association of Nigeria (MCAN) is an organization established over three decades ago to provide a platform for Muslim graduates participating in the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) program in Nigeria.
Here is an overview of MCAN:
MCAN was formed in 1978/1979 during the NYSC service year.
It was created to allow Muslim corps members to collectively carry out Islamic responsibilities during their service year.
The NYSC program, established by Decree No. 24 of 1973, deploys eligible graduates to serve in states/areas different from their state of origin.
MCAN has its National Headquarters in Mabushi, Abuja, and branches in all 36 states of Nigeria, including the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
The association has been registered under the Corporate Affairs Commission of Nigeria since 1994.
Membership is open to all serving Muslim corps members upon registration with MCAN at their NYSC Orientation Camps.
Mission and Vision of MCAN
Mission: Adherence to the pristine teachings of Islam in all aspects of life.
Vision: Working towards achieving an ideal, morally grounded Islamic society.
Slogan: Serving Islam (Allah) through the nation.
Objectives of MCAN
MCAN’s objectives include:
- Serving as a coordinating body and forum for Muslim corps members across Nigeria.
- Protecting the legitimate interests and rights of Muslim Youth Corps members.
- Promoting a better understanding of Islam among members and the broader community.
- Coordinating the efforts of various Islamic organizations in propagating Islam in Nigeria and globally.
Programs of MCAN
MCAN organizes various programs to fulfill its objectives, aligned with the NYSC schedule:
This program raises awareness among potential corps members, with seminars and outreach activities organized in collaboration with the Muslim Students’ Society of Nigeria (MSSN) to introduce MCAN and NYSC programs.
This program runs concurrently with the NYSC orientation camps. It aims to identify and mobilize Muslim corps members, provide an environment for Islamic personal development, and foster interaction among Muslim corps members of diverse backgrounds. Activities include lectures, mosque-related activities, Da’wah (Islamic outreach) programs, Islamic video shows, and humanitarian projects on camp.
These activities extend from the end of orientation camps to the corps members’ passing out parade. They encompass educational/Da’wah programs, visitation programs, and community development programs. Examples include Al-Usrah programs, Arabic and Qur’anic classes, Da’wah programs in villages, radio and television programs, publishing a monthly bulletin, classes for reverts, free tutorial classes in secondary schools, national seminars, leadership training programs, prison visits, visits to motherless babies’ homes, and other visits based on circumstances.
In summary, MCAN serves as a platform for Muslim graduates participating in the NYSC program in Nigeria. It aims to foster Islamic development, community engagement, and unity among Muslim corps members while promoting Islamic teachings and values.
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