By Joseph Anzaku – Lafia.
Governor Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa State says he will reward corps members who initiate community project at the Places of Primary Assignment (PPA).
The Governor made the pledge during the swearing-in ceremony of Batch B stream one corps members deployed to Nasarawa State at the Magaji Dan Yamusa NYSC permanent orientation camp in Keffi Local Government Area of the state.
Governor SULE who explained that since the creation of the National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, in 1973, the scheme has been playing significant roles in the Socio-political and economic development of the country, urged the corps members to exercise discipline, tolerance, and perseverance in discharging their national service in the state, to ensure that the aim and objectives of the scheme are achieved.
“It is pertinent to state that the NYSC has been Contributing immensely towards nation building projects,; it has also contributed immensely to the various national integration; educational advancement; mobility of labour; environmental beautification; skills acquisition, and rural development projects among others”.
Governor ABDULLAHI SULE urged them to fully participate in all camp activities as well as prepare well to impact meaningfully on the lives of their host communities.
“This administration places high premium on hard work and meritorious service. It is in this regard that government will continue to support and reward outstanding corps members who initiate and execute community projects that have direct bearing on the lives of the people”.
The Nasarawa State number one citizen used the occasion to admonished Nigerian youths to exercise restrain by shuning all acts of protest purportedly on the activities of the #EndSARS, stressing that government at all levels are doing their utmost best to create employment for the unemployed youths.
State Co-ordinator of the NYSC, Mr STEPHEN DEWAN, announced that in order to win the war against the Coronavirus pandemic ravaging the world, corps members in the state have demonstrated ingenuity by producing handmade face-masks, hand sanitizers and hand- washing liquids to government at all levels to mitigate the spread of the pandemic.
Mr DEWAN who explained that management of the scheme has instituted several measures towards ensuring that the orientation exercises are conducted safely, noted that the camp is Coronavirus free.
“We are enforcing the consistent use of face- masks, social distancing, and hand washing. To facilitate hand washing, we provided functional hand- washing bays complete with water, hand-washing liquids and hand sanitizers, all over the camp, among other measures aimed at keeping the virus at bay”.
Mr Dewan appreciated Governor Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa State, for his continuous support to the scheme and timely payment of the state monthly allowance, to serving corps members across the state, especially during the COVID-nineteen national lockdown.
He therefore informed his guests that the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, named the NYSC Nasarawa State orientation camp as the best in the country, in meeting all the undelined requirements of the NCDC on reopening of camps.
Mr Dewan used the occasion to appeal to Governor Abdullahi Sule to meet up some of the scheme essential needs.
“Inspection of corps members at their various locations of service is critical to maximum corps output. Unfortunately, availability of vehicles is a huge challenge to us. It is for this reason that we wish to request His Excellency to kindly avail the NYSC Nasarawa State with a Toyota Coaster bus and a Toyota Hilux utility vehicle for this critical purpose. There is also need for additional staff accommodation and expansion of the central store here on camp to accommodate the ever increasing corps population and its attendant demands”.
Some of the sworn-in batch B Stream one corps members: Loveth Dawap and Henry Harbert promised to adhere strictly to the COVID-nineteen protocols, and touch lives at their Places of Primary Assignment.
Among the eight hundred and forty-nine corps members deployed to Nasarawa State for the orientation course, six hundred and three are to serve the compulsory one-year national service in the state, while two hundred and forty-six are to serve in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.