Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State has stated his administration’s commitment to the provision of enabling environment for corps members posted in the state to contribute meaningfully to the development of the state.
Dr Ikpeazu who stated this during the swearing in ceremony of 2018 Batch C Stream 1 Orientation Course held at NYSC Permanent Orientation Camp Umunna, Bende Local government said that efforts have been made to improve and regularise the payment of monthly allowance to corps members serving in educational institutions and reward those who distinguished themselves creditably during their service year.
The governor represented by the Commissioner for Boundary Matters and Conflict Resolution, Chief Obike Mascot Imo said that plans are on top gear to build more additional corper’s lodges in local government arers to ease their accommodation challenges.
According to him, his government has embarked upon the renovation of the camp in a bid to make corps members stay in a comfortable environment urging them to reciprocate the gesture leaving indelible foot prints in the state.
The governor lauded the NYSC scheme for living up to the vision of the founding fathers and in impacting positively on national development processes especially in job creation and rural development through skills acquisition programmes and community development projects embarked upon by corps members.
Dr. Ikpeazu said that the NYSC scheme has remained a true symbol of national unity which has brought youths from various institutions, diverse ethnic background for the peace and development of the country and implored them to be patient as they go through various stages of learning packages aimed at equiping them physically, mentally,emotionally and psychologically to face the challenges during their service year and beyond.
In his speech, The Chairman NYSC State Governing Board and Commissioner For Youth Development, Chief Ike Anyatonwu represented by a Director of Mobilization in the Ministry, Elder Temple Nwosu congratulated the newly posted corps members on the successful completion of their educational programmes which
qualified them for this great call up and urged them to feel at home as Abia state remains the home of trade, enterprise and hospitality as well as feel free to interact with the locals.
Chief Anyatonwu informed them that the orientation course was meant to prepare them for the challenges ahead and urged them to take the training seriously.
In her address, the state NYSC Coordinator, Mrs Francese Ifon said a total no of 1810 corps members were registered to serve in the state.
She said the newly corps members deployed to the state have shown great enthusiasm and an unparalleled level of discipline and commitment, an indication of their readiness to imbibe all that they would be taught during the orientation course.
According to her, the scheme in the past 45 years has proved to be a force to be reckoned with in the overall development of the nation and being an effective tool government uses in championing the course of affecting the rural populace positively and provision of the needed skilled manpower to the advantage of all Nigeria.
Mrs. Ifon therefore advised them to obey all camp rules and regulations and commended the state government for assisting the scheme in the state as well as the security agencies for the prompt release of their men for commencement of the orientation camp.
Oath of allegiance was administered to newly corps members posted to the state by the representative of the state chief judge, justice Onuoha Ogwe.