If you are a serving catholic youth corp member, you are expected to identify with your fellow Christian corpers. The National Association of Catholic Corp Members (NACC) is the umbrella that covers all Nigerian Christian Corpers of the Roman Catholic denomination in the country and they are present in every state of the federation.
In this write-up, we provide the addresses of NACC headquarters, NACC state chapters in Nigeria, phone numbers, e-mail addresses, website and how to contact them easily.
The National Association of Catholic Corps Members (NACC) was founded in October 1982 as an organization by the Most Rev. Dr. Gabriel Gonsum Ganaka, former Archbishop of Jos, Plateau State. He was also the body’s first coordinator. NACC was established with the sole aim of bringing all serving Catholic corps members in Nigeria under one faith.
During its formative stage, the organization was initially referred to as the Association of Catholic Corpers (ACC), and had its presence in Jos, Plateau State. It was the need to reach out to other members around the country that saw the association spread to every part of the federation, thereby, achieving its national status as an organization which caters for Catholic corpers in Nigeria.
It was Archbishop Gabriel Gonsum Ganaka who donated the land where the building of the NACC National Secretariat was to be erected while Archbishop Ignatius Ayau Kaigama, Archbishop Emeritus of Jos laid the foundation stone of the organization’s secretariat in 2003.
It was on October 2, 2008, that the NACC was recognized and officially approved by the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) and appointed Rev. Fr. Celsus Daklong of the Catholic Diocese of Shendam as National Chaplain of the Corp Members. Recognised as the fourth youth organization in the youth apostolate of the Roman Catholic Church in Nigeria, NACC works in unison with the Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria CSN to achieve its objectives.
Also, the NACC, in conjunction with the Catholic Youth Organization of Nigeria, CYON, Nigeria Federation of Catholic Students, NFCS and the Young Catholic Students of Nigeria, YCSN sends its yearly reports and plans to the secretary of the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria Youth Committee.
NCCF, which stands for Nigeria Christian Corpers Fellowship is the body that houses other inter-denominational, non-denominational and protestant NYSC youth corp members in the country. It is also important that corpers under this group identify with their various state chapters. NACC is subject to the authority of the National Youth Service Corps, NYSC.
The objectives of the National Association of Catholic Corps Members in Nigeria that it aims to achieve include:
- Creating a forum that unites and promotes interaction among catholic corps members.
- To ensure that the aims and objectives of the NYSC scheme are achieved.
- To help spread the gospel by propagating the catholic faith while ensuring that its members live by the faith they profess.
- To positively impart through vairous projects to the host communities where the organization is situated.
- To foster the welfare of its members in a bid to create leadership traits among her members.
Motto & Slogan
The official motto of the NACC is “Faith and Service” while their slogan is “Corps Members for Christ” .
As seen in the image of the NACC logo above, it comprises of a shield that contains the map of Nigeria, surrounded by the Rosary while a Crucifix at installed at the middle of the map.
The NYSC torch as shown above the map of Nigeria and the Crucifix signifies light. At the base of the Shield is the association’s motto while the association’s name is boldly written in between the concentric circles rightly above the base.
The NACC logo colours include green and white which are the colours of the Nigerian flag, as well as red and black.
NACC Anthem Lyrics
This is the NACC anthem which is usually sung during meetings, fellowships and conventions, by its members:
Corp members come together as one,
United in one accord, in the love of Jesus Christ,
To achieve our unity goal.
National Association of Catholic Corp members,
To defend our Catholic faith;
We are proud to live our faith,
For we are catholic corps members for Christ.
Contact Address Of NACC State Chapters in Nigeria
The headquarters of the NACC National Secretariat is located in Jos, Plateau State while other state chapters secretariats are normally situated at the Cathedral where the Bishop’s and Archbishop’s of the Catholic church is present in all 36 states of the Nation, including the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.