Uduaghan Urges NYSC Members

BY ANDY AKENI/ SAM DUVWODE
Delta State Governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan, has advised members of the NationalYouth Service Corps (NYSC) to position themselves as positive and dependable agents of transformation and symbols of national integration.
Dr. Uduaghan, who gave the advice yesterday at the formal opening/swearing-in ceremony of the 2015 Batch ‘A’ Corps members at NYSC orientation camp, Issele-Uku, congratulated the corp members for successful completion of their academic endeavours and patriotic response to the call up for national youth service to their fatherland.
The governor, who was represented by his deputy, Prof. Amos Utuama, SAN, noted that NYSC in the past 42 years has remained a beacon of hope in the country’s mission for a united nation, adding that it has exposed millions of youths to the cultures and traditions of our pluralistic society while impacting skills and experiences to enhance what they acquired in school.
The governor used the occasion to commend corps members for contributions towards nation building and for the vital role they played as ad-hoc staff in the last elections saying, they discharged their electoral duties with diligence, transparency and patriotism.
While saying that this administration recognised the strength and vision of the youths and has worked to define their path, he urged them to dedicate themselves with renewed vigour and commitment to the progress and development of the State in order to bring about positive advancement to host communities.
“You must position yourself as positive and dependable agents of transformation and symbol of national integration, including rapid socio-economic development. You should build bridges across your origins, religions and background by living peacefully with your fellow countrymen and women”, he advised.
The governor noted that government has put in place many beneficial interventions which will increase the skills, self-confidence and self-sufficiency of the youths, as well as introduction of programmes, provision of grants, equipment and incentives to encourage entrepreneurship and improving lives.
Governor Uduaghan who lamented the activities of Boko Haram, called for peace, understanding and condoled those who lost loved ones to insurgency in parts of the country.
Also, the Secretary to the State Government (SSG) and Chairman, NYSC Governing Board, Comrade Ovouzourie Macaulay, represented by the Permanent Secretary in his office, Mr. Isibor said government is strongly behind the success of NYSC and disclosed that all ministries and parastatals have been told not to reject corps members posted to them.
In a welcome address, the State Coordinator NYSC, Delta State, Mrs Olive Etukudo, noted that the camp will be running two streams this batch orientation due to the population of mobilised corps members, adding that stream 1 will be from 5th May to 25th May while the second stream will run from 2nd June to 22nd June, 2015 respectively.
Mrs Etukudo, who asserted that a total of 2, 239 corps members made up of 1, 160 males and 1, 079 females had been registered to serve in Delta State, emphasised that the overriding objective of the National Youth Service Corps scheme is the development of common ties among Nigerian youths and the promotion of national unity through exposure to the modes of living of the people in different parts of the country.