The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) Coordinator in Akwa Ibom, Mrs. Chinyere Ikwe, has charged the 1,500 corps members deployed to the state to be law-abiding at all times.
Ikwe gave the advice at the swearing-in of the 2021 Batch ‘B’ Stream II corps members on Tuesday at the Orientation Camp, Ikot Itie Udung, in Nsit Atai Local Government Area of the state.
She said the orientation course was meant to prepare them both physically and mentally for the year long service.
According to her, the programme will also give the corps members the ability to make substantial contribution to the development and progress of the nation.
“I congratulate you for scaling your academic hurdles and being sent to serve your fatherland.
“It is our responsibility as citizens of Nigeria to be law-abiding. As you are assuming this duty today, I urge you to be law-abiding even after your service year.
“Take advantage of the Skills Acquisition and Entrepreneurship Development (SAED) offered here in the camp and build yourselves, so that you may contribute positively to the development and progress of our dear nation.”
Meanwhile, the Director-General of NYSC, Brig.-Gen. Shuaibu Ibrahim, has urged all corps members in Nigeria to leverage the national service to promote unity and integration through respect for each other’s culture, religion and socio-economic lives.
Ibrahim, whose speech at the occasion was read by the Akwa Ibom NYSC Coordinator, charged the corps members to remain disciplined and comply strictly with all the rules and regulations governing activities in the camp.
According to the director-general, deviation from good conduct by the corps members will attract sanctions, in line with the NYSC Bye-Law.
“May I also stress that you have been deliberately assembled from diverse ethnic, religious and socio-economic backgrounds to enable you to begin, right from here, the performance of your much envisaged roles in the promotion of national unity and integration.
“Accordingly, I encourage you to ensure healthy interactions, exchange ideas that will broaden your understanding of the country and building lasting friendship.
“It is gratifying to note that you have demonstrated commendable level of discipline and enthusiasm since your arrival in camp.
“You must comply strictly with all camp rules and regulations, and be obedient to your camp officials.
“For the avoidance of doubt, we shall apply appropriate sanctions on recalcitrant corps members, in line with the provisions of the NYSC Bye-Law,” the director-general said.
He commended the Presidential Steering Committee and the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) for their support and guidance toward safe conduct of the orientation course through Rapid Diagnostic Testing.