In the face of insecurity bedeviling the state, the Benue State government has urged the 2,300 corps members deployed to the state to be calm and go about their normal assignments as adequate security for the protection of all corps members has been provided for their safety.
Governor Samuel Ortom made this known at the inauguration of the 2018 Batch C, Stream One orientation course held at the National Youth Service Corps Permanent Orientation Camp, Wannune, Tarka local government area of Benue State.
Represented by the commissioner for Lands and Solid Minerals, Bernard Unenge, the governor described NYSC as a strategic institution for nation building and national integration with a promise to ensure that all corps members are safe in their residences and areas of primary assignment.
While urging the corps members to integrate freely and cultivate long-lasting relationships with indigenes, the governor said the state’s collaboration with the organisation over the years, has brought so many positive development results, which would not be ignored.
Addressing the corps members, the state NYSC Coordinator, Shicha Joshua, said the swearing in ceremony marks the official initiation of the fresh graduates into the NYSC family.
Commending the Benue State governor, Samuel Ortom, for his unalloyed support to boost the NYSC’s capacity to improve the organisation’s service delivery to the state, the coordinator promised to seek new ways of effective service delivery to the state.
“I want to assure you that, my management and I are already in the process of evolving new strategies that would open new vistas of opportunities to meet the current skilled manpower needs of the state.”
He urged the corps members to take the orientation course programme serious and always remember that NYSC provides a platform for them to contribute their quota to the unity and development of their fatherland.
“NYSC as an organisation, has adequately prepared for your smooth sail during your one-year service to your father land, your camp curriculum and training has been adjusted to meet the demand of secular life in this 21st century, with particular emphasis on skills acquisition and entrepreneurship, I urge you to participate fully in these programmes.”
The coordinator appealed to the corps members to exhibit high level of responsibility and discipline while in camp, and as well be security conscious, even though adequate security had been provided.
Also speaking, the permanent secretary Bureau of Youths and Sport, Helen Adimànyi, applauded the corps members for exhibiting high level of self control, discipline and patriotism of service to their father land since the commencement of the orientation exercise, urging them to take advantage of SAED for their advancement.
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