Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi State has charged National Youths Service Corps members to contribute their quota to the actualization of Federal Government’s Zero Hunger Initiative by embarking on agricultural activities in their areas of primary assignment.
Governor Umahi gave the charge at the swearing in ceremony of 2017 Batch B’ NYSC Corps members deployed to Permanent Orientation Camp Old Macgregor College, Afikpo.
Two thousand, two hundred and thirty two 2017 Batch B’ Corps members were deployed to the state out of which One thousand, One hundred and sixty One were females while One thousand and Seventy One were males.
Governor Umahi represented by the Commissioner for Sports and Youth Development, Chief Charles Akpuenika described NYSC Scheme as a veritable platform for national cohesion.
He charged the Corp members to embrace agriculture as the nation’s economic mainstay, pointing out that they were expected to key into Zero Hunger Initiative of the Federal government to ensure food security and economic prosperity of the country.
The Coordinator of the Scheme in Ebonyi State, Mrs Regina Iluebbey called on the Corps members to participate actively in Skill Acquisition and Entrepreneurship Development training designed to be part of the Orientation Course.
According to Mrs Iluebbey, the training will help the Corps members in the development of business acumen and capacity for self-employment and wealth creation.
Two of the Corps members commended the Federal Government for the sustenance of the scheme pointing out that its unification values were unquantifiable.
They promised to contribute their quota to the development of the state when posted to their areas of primary assignment.
The Corps members were sworn in by the Chief Judge of Ebonyi State, Justice Alloy Nwankwo represented by Justice Destina Oko.
Similarly, Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia state have called on Corps members posted to the state to live up to the vision and mission of the scheme.
Governor Ikpeazu stated this in a message to the swearing in of the corps members deployed to serve in the State at Umunna in Bende Local Government Area.
A total of two thousand, one hundred and eighty one corps members are participating in the orientation exercise.
Meanwhile, theircounterpartsdeployed to Enugu State have been urged to be diligent and committed to championing national integration through the scheme.
The Enugu State Governor, Chief Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi made this known in a message during the swearing-in ceremony at the NYSC orientation camp,in Awgu Local Government Area.
The Governor who was represented by the Commissioner for Youths and Sports, Mr. Joseph Udedi said the scheme was fashioned to harness the creative and productive energies of the Nigerian youths.
He said that the scheme formed the integral path of national development, hence the need forcorps members to maintain discipline and participate in all camp activities.
According to the State Coordinator of the scheme, Alhaji Ahmed Wada Ikaka , one thousand and eighty males and one thousand, one hundred and twenty female corps members were registered.
Two Corps members interviewed, Mr. Friday Abaghi, and Miss Amarachi Ezike expressed satisfaction with the exercise and pledged their commitment to the scheme.
The oath of allegiance was administered by Justice Anthony Onovoh who represented the Chief Judge of the State.
AMECHI ODO, LAWRENCE NWOKEDI & CHUKWUMA EZEOGU