The National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, has deployed 1,310 corps members for 2023 Lot A, Stream 1, to Bayelsa State for one-year mandatory national service.
State Governor Douye Diri, on Friday during the swearing-in ceremony held at the NYSC Boro Town permanent orientation camp, assured the new corps members of proper safety and well-being.
Governor Diri, who was represented by the Commissioner for Youth and Sports Development, Dr. Daniel Igali, praised the founders of the Service Corps and successive administrations for upholding the Plan.
He described NYSC as the champion of national unity and integration and expressed optimism that with the members of the Youth Corps, the work of the heroes of the past will not be in vain.
According to him, “you are the hope of our nation as you represent the most educated, exposed and enlightened segment of youth in Nigeria. Other young people, including tertiary and secondary school students, as well as primary school students, look to him for quality leadership and mentorship that will transform Nigeria. You can’t afford to let Nigeria down.”
He challenged them to imitate their predecessors who meritoriously served the nation in Bayelsa State by effectively discharging their duties in various primary and secondary assignment places.
In welcoming the corps members to Bayelsa State, he emphasized that the government remains highly committed to their safety and well-being, and continues to support the management of the Scheme to achieve NYSC’s objectives.
“Let me take this opportunity to recommend to those of you who will participate as INEC Adhoc staff in the next general elections to be non-partisan and to avoid all actions and omissions that are detrimental to the smooth conduct of free, fair and credible elections. in the state. Please comply with all election regulations and be security conscious at all times.”
Earlier, the State Coordinator, Mrs. Okpalifo Obiageli Charity, thanked the Governor, the government and the good people of Bayelsa State for the clear demonstration of love and support for the Service Corps.
She said: “Your Excellency, sir, I also want to use this medium, on behalf of the NYSC administration and more than 6,000 corps members in the state, thank you for your support of the plan. I have been reliably informed that the use of this Permanent Orientation Field would not have been possible without your support.”
“I want to especially mention your approval to fence off the camp, the construction of walkways within the camp, and your directive that two additional shelters be built at the camp to address housing challenges. In fact, sir, you have greatly motivated the Service Corps and the members of the corps to serve the State of Bayelsa.”
He praised the Acting Chief State Judge for personally attending the program and thanked the Chairman of the NYSC State Governing Board, the Executive Assistant to the Governor for NYSC Affairs, the President of the Kolokuma/Opokuma LGA, the Supreme Rulers of the kingdoms of Kolokuma and Opokuma, to the cooperating partners and members of the press for the massive support of NYSC.
He advised the corpsmen to take the orientation course seriously, as careful and deliberate programs have been designed to properly prepare and equip them for optimal performance during and after the service year.
“During the course of this exercise, you will conduct drills, physical training, leadership training, lectures on your immediate environment and a variety of topics of national importance, skills acquisition training, and social events.”
The highlight of the event was the administration of the National and NYSC Pledges to the corps members by the Acting Chief State Judge, the Hon. Judge Maltide Abrakasa Ayemieye.