The Director General of the National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, Brigadier General Suleiman Kazaure has charged corps members to be respectful of the culture of their host communities.
Brigadier General Kazaure was speaking during an orientation programme for the Batch A, Stream 2 corps members at the temporary camp located within the College of Education grounds, in Awi, Akamkpa Local Government Area of Cross River State.
Kazaure, who commended the corps members for orderliness and cooperation with the State Coordinator, stressed the importance of compliance with the customs and cultural values of the various host communities.
“I urge you to have respect for the culture and traditions of your host communities. If the people behave or dress in a certain way, do same”.
“The essence of this scheme is for unity of all Nigerians. As corps members, we are to add value to our communities. One way is to show respect for the traditions of the people,” Kazaure emphasised.
The NYSC boss further advised corps members to identify areas and ways to add more value to their host communities.
According to him, “as you engage in your primary assignment, your secondary assignment is to assess the needs of your host community and the whether it is educational, health or maybe a road, do a project that will add value to the area”.
Brigadier General Kazaure also stressed the need for each corps member to be security conscious, avoid activities that may compromise their service and contravene the law.
The Corps members were urged to take advantage of the NYSC skill acquisition programme during the service year.
Brigadier General Kazaure explained that the scheme has been designed to train interested members and enable such access funds to establish viable businesses.
“I need you to pay attention to the different training sessions on how you can become employers of labour rather than remain without jobs after your service,” he said.
Kazaure noted “these days emphasis is no longer on white collar jobs rather focus is now on entrepreneurial development. We want you all to finish and kick-off your businesses at once”.
The Cross-River State Coordinator of NYSC, Mrs. Eniola Ambekimo enumerated challenges encountered while setting up the temporary orientation camps prior to the arrival of the corps members.
Ambekimo explained that the office took measures to provide adequate security, water and bedding to make the camp comfortable for about 2,000 corps members posted to serve in Cross River State.
She urged the State Government to fast track rehabilitation of the permanent orientation camp located in Obubra Local Government Area before the next batch of corps members arrive.
The State Coordinator took the Director General on a tour of the temporary camp facilities, while the NYSC Cross River theatre group performed a dance drama to entertain the august visitor and his entourage.