Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State has commended corps members serving in the state who participated in the just concluded elections for their zeal and patriotism in the discharge of the national assignment.
He made the remark in a message to the opening of a three-week orientation course for 2019 “Batch A” corps members taking place at Eziama Obaire in Nkwerre Local Government area of Imo State.
Governor Okorocha represented by Commissioner for Youths and Talents Development, Mr. Ifeanyi Onwueyiagba, described NYSC as a strong unifying factor, which has contributed immensely to the growth and development of the nation.
The State Coordinator of NYSC, Mr. Sunday Aroni, noted that a number of activities had been lined to prepare youths for the challenges of the service the year.
He challenged the corps members to take skills acquisition programmes in the camp seriously to enable them to be self reliant.
A total of 2,040 (two thousand and forty) corps members are undergoing the orientation in the state.
The event came to its climax when the State Chief Judge, Justice Paschal Nnadi, administered oath of allegiance on the corps members.
Similarly, Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State says the NYSC scheme was established by its founding fathers to serve as a vehicle for mobilizing youths towards National re-orientation and development.
Governor Ikpeazu stated this in a message to the opening of the 2019 Batch A Orientation Course for corps members deployed to Abia State at the permanent orientation camp Umunna in Bende Local Government Area of the state.
Represented by the Deputy Governor Sir Ude Okochukwu, Governor Ikpeazu noted that the scheme was designed to serve as a medium for national unity and integration.
He stressed that the orientation exercise was package to provide corps members with the physical, mental, emotional and psychological training they needed to overcome the challenges of the service year.
The Governor reiterated his administration’s commitment to towards providing the enabling environment for the scheme to thrive in the state.
In an address, the Commissioner for Youth Development and Chairman NYSC Governing Board in the State, Mr. Dannie Ubani, urged the corps members to embrace national unity as an article of faith and even a higher national calling beyond the confines of the camp and the service year.
Earlier in a remark the State coordinator NYSC Abia State, Mrs. Francesca Ifon, noted that the corps members were expected during the orientation course to go through series of lectures on topical issues, physical training, drills and skills acquisition and entrepreneurial development training primarily designed to quip them physically and empower them mentally.
She commended both the Governor and the Director General of the scheme, Brigadier General Sule Kazaure, for their contributions towards the welfare of corps members in the state.
Mrs. Ifon told the Governor that a total number of 1,896 (one thousand eight hundred and ninety six) corps members have registered and are participating in the three weeks orientation course.
The corps members were later sworn in the swearing in by Justice Thomas Adiele after which they signed oath forms.
In the same vein, Ebonyi State Governor, Chief David Umahi, says recent happenings in some parts of the country that tend to threaten cooperate existence of the nationhood has given fresh impetus to the relevance of National Youth Service scheme.
He made the observation in a message to the swearing in ceremony of “2019 Batch A” National Youth Service Corps members at Permanent Orientation Camp Afikpo in Ebonyi State.
Governor Umahi was represented by the State Commissioner for Sports and Youth Development, Mr. Charles Akpuenika, who emphasised that NYSC was established as a unique vehicle for National unity and integration.
He commended the scheme and corps members who participated in the just concluded General Election for their sacrifice and enjoined those undergoing the orientation course to emulate the patriotism of their seniors.
The State Coordinator of the scheme in the state, Mrs. Ann Ibe noted that four cardinal programmes had been carefully packaged to achieve the aims and objectives of the Scheme.
She pointed that the orientation course was to prepare corps members for the challenges of the service year and enjoined them to take the training very seriously.
Two of the Corps members, Mr. Abdullahi Buloma and Miss Favour Basiotu urged the Federal Government to sustain the scheme as it remained the only way for youths to have better understanding of Nigeria.
It was observed that rehabilitation of road network and parade ground in the camp embarked upon by the State Government last year is nearing completion.
A total of 1,918 (one thousand nine hundred and eighteen) National Youth Service Corps members were administered oath of allegiance by a representative of the Chief Judge of the State, Justice Benson Ogbu.
CHINAZO ILECHUKWU, LAWRENCE NWOKEDI AND AMECHI ODO