The Governor, Chief Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi stated this in a message to the closing ceremony of 2018 Batch A National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, orientation course, at NYSC permanent camp, Awgu Local Government Area.
The Governor, who was represented by his Special Assistant on Special Duties, Mr. Uwakwe Azikiwe, said that the government would deal with seriousness any reported case of rejection.
He appealed to corps members posted to the state to adopt their host communities as new homes.
The Governor said that the appeal was necessary in order to encourage the corps members to put in their best in service to their fatherland.
“I, therefore, urge you to pursue the realisation of this goal with fervour, patriotism and humility by regarding your host communities as your homes and join in contributing to their development.
“You must, therefore, accept your posting in good faith and regard it as a call to duty in the service of your fatherland,” he said.
Governor Ugwuanyi urged them to utilise the knowledge acquired in the Skill Acquisition and Entrepreneurship Development scheme for the benefit of the state of deployment and the nation by being job creators.
The Governor said that the state government would continue to create the enabling environment for them to discharge their responsibilities.
He said that the state allowances of corps members posted to state establishments would always be paid as and when due.
“I want to assure you that you are safe in any part of the state you are posted to,” he said.
The governor commended the State Coordinator of the scheme for the efforts made to make the orientation camp habitable for corps members, despite some challenges.
He said that the State Government was not oblivious of the myriads of challenges at the orientation camp, adding that efforts would be made to address them in due time.
The State Coordinator, NYSC, Alhaji Ahmed Wada Ikaka who commended Enugu State Government for its prompt attention to the expansion of water project and restoration of electricity to the camp.
“The promise made by the governor to help in expanding the water project and to restore light to the camp and the adjoining communities is receiving prompt attention.”
Alhaji Ikaka, however enjoined the corps members to exhibit a sense discipline and responsibility at their place of primary assignment, and impact positively in their host communities.
Alhaji Ikaka said that a total of 2,268 corps members were deployed to the state for the orientation course.
He said that the corps members adapted well in the course of the orientation and contributed to the successful administration of programmes in the camp.
The State Coordinator assured the corps members that their security was first charge by agencies of the State and Federal Government.
“You should be rest assured that the South East zone is very peaceful. Nevertheless, the Federal and State Governments have given instructions to law enforcement agencies to keep an eagle eye watch over you,” he said.
“I must say that the support the scheme is enjoying from the state government is highly encouraging.
“We are optimistic that the government will soon redeem the promise of providing operational vehicles to the state secretariat, complete the new female hostel and renovate the dilapidated ones,” he said.
The State Coordinator also appealed to the state government to assist in the completion of the perimeter fence of the camp.
Ikaka commended all the corporate organisations that sponsored events in the camp during the course.
“To all camp officials and collaborating agencies, I thank you for delivering on your various schedules which gave us the desired success,” Ikaka said.
Corps members interviewed revealed their expectations and promised to abide by the tenets of the scheme.