BY FIDELIS EGUGBO
DELTA State Governor, Dr Emmanuel Uduaghan has challenged Nigerian youths to work towards making the country greater.
The governor made the call yesterday in an address read by his Deputy, Prof. Amos Utuama (SAN) at the opening/swearing-in ceremony of the 2012 Batch ‘B’ orientation course at Issele-Uku. According to him, Nigerian youths as leaders of tomorrow, should “articulate ideas towards achieving the goals of a greater Nigeria.”
“Our society is faced with various challenges, prominent among which, are the need to arrest the increasing rate of insecurity, growing crime rate and youth unemployment,” the governor said, adding that the corps members should know that it is a privilege and unique opportunity for them to serve the nation and as such, should leave indelible marks by embarking on projects that would bring of immediate benefit’s to the needs of their host communities.
His words. “the call to service, which you have responded to, is a call to dedication and sacrifice for your fatherland; it is therefore, imperative that you apply yourselves fully to the physical and psychological training you will be subjected to in the course of the orientation exercise.”
The governor assured that his administration will continue to ensure improvement in the orientation camp for the corps members to be comfortable.
Earlier, the chairman of the NYSC Governing Board, Comrade Ovuozorie Macaulay who was represented at the occasion by the Permanent Secretary, Cabinet Office, Dr Chris Ukpe thanked Governor Uduaghan’s administration for its welfare-oriented programmes for the NYSC in the State.
The State Coordinator of the NYSC, Mrs Vivian Omeruo disclosed that a total of 2, 751 prospective corps members were registered as at the time of closing registration of corps members at the camp, stating that the orientation course was aimed at giving corps members a better understanding of the objectives of NYSC scheme, enable them to internalize its ideals and for them to be equipped with practical, social and leadership skills that would enable them meet the challenges of the service year ahead.