BE NEUTRAL IN 2023 POLLS— GOV UMAHI TO NYSC
REPORTER: AMECHI ODO
Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi State has called on corps members deployed to the state to be neutral as they prepare to be part of the conduct of the forth coming General Election.
He gave the advice in a message to the swearing in of 2023 Batch A stream ONE Corps members at Old Macgregor College Afikpo.
Represented by the Commissioner for Sports and Youth Development, Chief Charles Akpuenika, Governor Umahi explained that NYSC had attained remarkable milestone in its mandate to promote national unity since inception 49 years ago.
He maintained that the corps members were duty bound to build on the legacies of the scheme by ensuring that they discharged their electoral duties with diligence and transparency.
Governor Umahi called on the corps members to prioritize national unity and integration and shun nepotism, tribalism and ethnicity for the country to move forward.
“My beloved compatriots, the Scheme, which you are today inducted into has over the years served as veritable instrument of national development and a strong bond that binds together our multifarious ethnic nationalities into one people.
“Distinguished Nigerians, the country is undergoing a period of transition with the 2023 general election by the corner, as true Nigerians who will be part and parcel of the conduct of the election, I urge you to discharge your electoral duties with diligence, transparency,” he pleaded.
The Coordinator of the scheme in the state, Mrs. Bamai Mercy, noted that the three weeks orientation course embarked upon by the corps members was to instill discipline and sense of reliance in them, which were needed to face the challenges ahead.
“Prospective corps members, let me re-echo that no act of indiscipline of any sort will be tolerated in this camp, so please be properly guided and read the NYSC handbook issued to you for better understanding of every aspect of the service year, especially identifying the felt needs of your host communities and solving them’ because better rewards await the best corps members who impact positively in their host communities,” she stated.
Mrs. Mercy stated that 680 corps members were registered in the camp with 362 of them females.
One of the corps members, Miss Bolatito Adesoya, said she was happy to have been deployed to South East Nigeria which she had longed to see.
The Chief Judge of the State, Justice Elvis Ngene, represented by Justice Vincent Nwanchor administered oath of allegiance to the Corps members.
EDITED BY CHUKWUBUIKE MADU