Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has urged the 2014 Batch B Corp members to be self reliant and be employers of labour to assist government in fighting the rate of unemployment in the society.
Governor Wike stated this at the passing-out ceremony of the 2014Batch B corps members deployed to the State at the NYSC permanent orientation camp, Nonwa-Gbam, Tai Local Government Area, Rivers State.
The State Chief Executive who was represented by the Secretary to the State Government Mr. Kenneth Kobani, stated that the service of Corp members have greatly impacted on the socio economic landscape of the state through their community development services.
“From all indications, your distinguished services have greatly impacted on the socio economic landscape of the state and your pivotal place in your quest for sustainable development is borne out by the note-worthy contributions of you all, through the community development services of the scheme, such as the effective campaign against HIV/AIDS, mass literacy program, legal aids, health-care delivery and charity”, he said.
The Governor further advised them to nurture and apply themselves to the practical lessons of self employment through the skills of acquisition and entrepreneurial development program, and urged them to be self reliant as to assist government in fighting the rising rate of unemployment in the society.
The Governor commended them for their display of patriotism and selfless service during the last general elections and charged them to be high stakeholders in the country doing their best to achieve and sustain the aspirations of the scheme.
Governor Wike congratulated six (6) Corp members who have distinguished themselves by winning awards for their outstanding and meritorious performance during the service year, noting that a total of 3,685 Corp members are being discharged.
Earlier, the NYSC Rivers State Coordinator, Mrs. Ngozi Nwatarali in her address noted that NYSC through its activities over the past 42 years has been an agent of National unity and integration, and has consistently provided the needed manpower in areas of education, health, agriculture and other sectors of the economy.
She thanked the Governor for pledging support for their health initiative scheme for rural dwellers, providing life jackets for Corp members posted to riverine areas, inspect the NYSC secretariat and camp facilities for upgrade and also provide transport fare for Corp members passing out.