Ebonyi state Governor, Chief David Umahi has warned employers in the state not to reject corps members posted to their establishments or risk incurring the wrath of the state government.
He gave the warning during the closing ceremony of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) 2018 Batch ‘C’ Stream 1 orientation course, at the NYSC permanent orientation camp, Afikpo .
The governor condemned the attitude of some employers who he said are in the habit of rejecting corps members posted to them on flimsy excuses warning that such would no longer be tolerated by the government.
“The employers must accept these youths, treat them as their staff and make good use of their skills and knowledge in their various establishments.
Mr Umahi also urged the corps members to integrate effectively within the communities of their primary assignments, to promote national unity.
Represented by his Deputy, Dr Kelechi Igwe, the governor urged the corps members to interact freely with the people and explore the rich cultural heritage of the people.
“You should appreciate the many similarities between Ebonyi people and your own culture while respecting the culture and tradition of the people.
Umahio further urged the corps members to be agents of change and collaborate with his government to improve the lots of Ebonyi people.
“You should embark on life-touching community development projects that will benefit your host communities as I salute your predecessors for leaving behind footprints in the sands of time.
While commending the state NYSC coordinator and all camp officials for their dedication to duty and hard work my Umahi noted that the Scheme has contributed immensely to the socio-political development of the state especially in the areas of education and health.
According to him, the positive impact the service has had on the development of the state necessitated his administration’s decision to renovate facilities at the orientation camp and upwards review of corps members monthly stipend from N5,000 to N10,000 beginning from last September.
In her remarks, the state NYSC Coordinator, Mrs Ann Ibe noted that the orientation programme was successful as the corps members exhibited a high sense of duty, commitment and discipline since their arrival.
“They participated actively in all camp activities such as skills acquisition training, paramilitary drills, citizenship and leadership training, social; and cultural activities and lectures on various local and national issues.
She told the corps members that the orientation exercise has prepared them for the challenges of the service years and urged them to accept their posting in good faith.
“I charge you to be law-abiding, avoid unnecessary and unauthorized travels, shun immoral practices, and ensure you work hard to develop the state”, she added.