The National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, Tuesday, inducted a total of 1,606 Corps members, comprising 819 males and 787 females of Batch ‘C’ Stream ‘II’ of the scheme in the State
The Corps warned the newly admitted members against participating in cultism, among other social vices and charged them to actively participate in the camp programmes while undertaking their three weeks orientation courses in the state.
The NYSC Director-General, Professor Shauib Ibrahim stated this while addressing the inductees during their swearing-in-ceremony at the scheme’s Permanent Site, Old MacGregor College, Afikpo North Local Government Area of the state.
Represented by the State Coordinator, Mrs Bamai Mercy Dawuda, the DG expressed satisfaction over the successful induction of the new corps members, noting that their prompt response to the clarion call to serve the nation remains laudable.
“It will equip you for the realization of your potentials and attainment of individual feats both within the period of the service and beyond.”
He charged the corps members to make good use of the opportunity provided by the scheme by participating in all the camp activities including leadership coaching, paramilitary drills, other physical training, sensitization on topical issues, amongst others.
He advised the new corps members to stand firm in the promotion of national unity as the country remains indivisible equity.
Ibrahim who observed that white-collar jobs were hard to come by advised the corps members to always avail themselves the opportunity to be equipped with impactful skills necessary for self-reliance and self-sufficiency.
“It is no longer news that white-collar jobs are hard to come by. For this reason, the empowerment of corps members for self-employment and wealth creation has been a major area of focus for the scheme since 2012. You will from this moment be availed of the opportunity through our Skill Acquisition and Entrepreneurship Development Programme. I am happy to inform you that many of your predecessors, who embraced vocational and entrepreneurial training on the SAED platform, are now successful business owners.
“I, therefore, encourage you to stay off the long queue of job seekers by choosing from various skill sets and participating fully in the training sessions. On our various parts, we shall continue to work with relevant stakeholders, including financial institutions, to enable you to actualize your business dreams,” the DG said.
He also urged the corps members to continue to comply with the COVID-19 protocols throughout their orientation period, by ensuring physical distancing, wearing of face masks and making good use of handwashing facilities, which he said, were provided at the strategic locations within the camp.