Abia state governor, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu has said that the NYSC has lived up to the dreams of the founding fathers which were aimed at implanting patriotism, citizenship and leadership value as well as philosophy of enduring committed service.
Speaking during the swearing in ceremony of 2018 Batch C Stream 11_Corps members held at the NYSC Permanent Orientation Camp Umunna, Bende LGA, Dr Ikpeazu stated that the scheme have achieved the needed national integration, constructive engagement , humility and diligence to our great nation.
He said that the scheme has led to even spread of the much required manpower throughout the nation by appropriating effective mobilization and deployment of young graduates to states other than their own and charged them to feel and at home during their period of their service year in Abia state.
The governor represented by the permanent secretary, state ministry of youth development, Ugoeze Ifeyinwa Uwasomba reminded the corps members that the orientation programme was aimed at enhancing their potentials and create opportunities of increased employment prospect during and after their service year and urged them to pay adequate attention to all the leadership and skills acquisition training programme they would be subjected to.
While restating his administration’s committed efforts to make provisions for their stay memorable within government available resources, the governor challenged them to reciprocate the good gesture by enhancing some indelible good deeds in the community where they would be posted to and the state at large.
In her address,The state NYSC Coordinator, Mrs Francesca Ifon said a total number of 1595 corps members, comprising 776 males and 819 females were registered for the 21-day orientation course.
According to her, the service year is segmented into four vital parts, namely, Orientation, Primary Assignment, Community Development Services (CDS), and the Winding-Up/Passing-Out.
She enjoined the corps members to participate fully in all camp activities and be well equipped to impact practically and positively on their host communities.
The oath of allegiance was administered on the corps members by the Chief Judge of Abia. Justice Onuoha Ogwo represented by Justice Thoma Adiele.