By Charles Ogbonnaya.
Abia state governor, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu has call on corps members posted to the state to see their sojourn in the ship of nation building as a life time opportunity as well utilize it maximally.
Speaking during the swearing in ceremony of 2019 Batch C Stream 11 Corps members held at the NYSC Permanent Orientation Camp Umunna, Bende LGA , Dr. Ikpeazu said that much is expected from them in the course of serving their fatherland and must let the motto of NYSC Service and humility be their guiding principles all through out their service year.
Represented by the Secretary to the State Government ( SSG) Barr. Chris Ezem, the governor further said orientation course was designed to equip them adequately for the task of nation building, and the challenges that lies within and ahead of the service year as well urged them to ensure active participation in all camp activities
He congratulated them for their success completion of their various academic programmes which qualified them for the NYSC programme.
According to him”‘, success no doubt was borne out of hard work, perseverance and focus. It is my earnest expectation that you will bring these sterling qualities to bear in the course of the mandatory service to the father.
Dr. Ikpeazu reminded that after the end of their three weeks they would be posted to all the nook and crannies of the state to commence their second, third and final phases of the service as he assured them that Abia state is safe and the people are hospitable
He further charged them to love and co- exist harmoniously with one another as much as possible, try and make impact during and after their camping exercise.
In his words: the chairman NYSC Abia State Governing Board and Commissioner for Youth and Sports Development, Chief Emeka Ikwuagwu represented by the permanent secretary, state ministry of Youth Development. Mr. Friday Ikpeoha pointed out the NYSC programme provide the platform for physically, emotionally and psychologically reconditionally needed for corps members to met up with the challenges of the service and beyond.
In her address, The state NYSC Coordinator , Lady Bona Adibele Fasakin said a total number of 1,054 corps members, comprising male 548 and females 506 were registered for the 21 days orientation course.
Mrs. Adibele Fasakin said that these corps members have been very disciplined , humble and dedicated as well receiving positively all instructions given to them by the camp officially as it show an indication of their readiness to serve the people of the state.
She further said the NYSC scheme was established by Decree( Now act)No 24 by federal government to foster national unity and integration among all the tribes of Nigeria.
According to her, the service year is segmented into four vital parts, namely , Orientation, Primary Assignment, Community Development Service ( CDS) and the winding up and passing out.
The oath of allegiance was administered on the corps members by the Chief Judge represented by Justice Chizaram Anyim.