Nigerian Government commends Rivers State support for NYSC

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The Nigerian Government has commended Rivers State for supporting the National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, through infrastructure development and upgrade of Orientation Camp facilities.

The Public Relations Officer of the NYSC Mr. Eddy Megwa made this known in a statement released in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

According to Mr. Megwa, the government said the provision of a conducive environment for the training of corps members is a collective responsibility of all and sundry

It however called on other state governments to be alive to their statutory responsibilities of providing befitting Orientation Camps with modern facilities for the scheme in their states.

The National Governing Board Chairman of the NYSC Ambassador Fatima Balla Abubakar stated this when she led other board members on an overnight tour to NYSC Rivers State Permanent Orientation Camp, Nonwa-Gbam Tai.

The statement noted that Ambassador Abubakar commended Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike for providing a 5,000-seater capacity auditorium for NYSC Rivers State Orientation Camp.

She added that this should serve as a roadmap for other State Governments to emulate in ensuring a conducive environment for the training corps members deployed to their States for National Service.

While addressing the 2022 Batch “B” Stream One Corps Members in camp, Ambassador Abubakar charged them to remain disciplined, patriotic and focused at all times.

Similarly, the NYSC National Governing Board Chairman, Ambassador Fatima Bala Abubakar in the company of some members of the board also paid a courtesy call on the Ebonyi State Governor David Umahi, who was represented by his Deputy, Eric Kelechi Igwe.

Addressing His Excellency at the Government House, the Chairman commended the Government and people of Ebonyi State, for their support to NYSC, while she also requested some of the challenges facing the Scheme in Ebonyi known to the Governor.

Kelechi Igwe in his response promised to take her requests to the Governor, assuring her that they will be looked into.

Addressing the Corps Members at the Ebonyi State Orientation Camp in Afikpo, Ambassador Abubakar urged them to key into the NYSC Skill Acquisition and Entrepreneurship Development (SAED) programme to become self-independent and financially empowered in the absence of salaried jobs.

She also advised them to be security conscious, well-behaved, dutiful and obedient to camp rules and regulations.

In continuation of her oversight functions, the NYSC National Governing Board members also paid an official visit to the Enugu State NYSC Orientation Camp in Awgu, where the Chairman, Ambassador Abubakar inspected camp facilities before addressing Corps Members and Camp officials.

In the same vein, Ambassador Fatima Balla Abubakar visited the NYSC Akwa Ibom State Orientation Camp in Ikot Itie Udung, Nsit Atai Local Government Area, where she charged the 2022 Batch “B” Stream One Corps members to remain loyal to the Scheme and be ready to contribute their quota to national development.

In Rivers, Ebonyi, Enugu and the the the the the the the the the Akwa Ibom States, the State Coordinators gave briefs about the the the the the the the the camp situation to the National Governing Board Members, describing their Corps Members as disciplined, obedient and committed.

Members of the NYSC National Governing Board during the visits include; Brigadier General Bayode Segun Adetoro, Prince Oyekunle Oyewumi, Hajiya Binta Muazu, Alhaji Umar Yusuf Nalabo, Prof. SulymanAge Abdulkareem, Shehu Bello Harris and Barr. George Ernest-Ikoli.

 

Dominica Nwabufo

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