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Governor Okowa assured NYSC of Government Support in tackling challenges

…as 2288 corps members commence orientation training

 The Governor of Delta State, His Excellency, Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Arthur Okowa has assured the management of the National Youths Service Corps ,NYSC, of the state  government’s continued support, by working out ways of ameliorating the challenges facing it in the state, to enable it render its services more effectively and efficiently.

The Governor, who spoke through his deputy, Barrister (Deacon) Kingsley Burutu Otuaro, at the occasion of the swearing-in of the 2018 Batch ‘A’ Corps members, deployed to Delta State at the NYSC permanent orientation camp, issele-uku, said that the state government will continue to reward outstanding performance of Corps members who distinguish themselves during their service years in the state. He also pledged to encourage competitive spirit among Corps members with a view to bringing a year of selfless service to their fatherland.

The Governor congratulated all the corps members on their academic successes and graduation from their various institutions of higher learning, across the nation and abroad, which he noted, qualified them for the NYSC scheme.

He prayed that God Almighty should be their guide and see them through this important journey which they began on the day.

He further told the  corps members that the orientation course, marks a very important segment of their service year, as it will provide a good opportunity for them to be involved in physical, sociological and psychological trainings, adding that the programme is fundamental and forms the bedrock of other components of the service year.

Maintaining that three week course will provide an ideal interface and entry into the scheme, including enlightening them on the noble ideals of promoting national integration and development, governor Okowa also noted that the management of the NYSC has instituted initiatives aimed at proffering solutions to unemployment in the country by the introduction of Skills Acquisition and Entrepreneurship Development (SAED) programme to equip graduate youths with the basic skills.

He then called on the Corps members to be readily available and participate in all the facets of the orientation programme in order to maximally benefit from the exercise.

The state coordinator NYSC, Delta State, Mr. Omotade Benjamin, in his own address at the event, said that the 2018, Batch “A” orientation course, commenced nationwide on Thursday, 19th April 2018, with the registration of some young Nigerians, and as at the close of the registration exercise at midnight, Friday, April 20, 2018, a total of 2288 corps members, comprising of 1097 males and 1197 females, have duly been registered and have all shown high level of discipline.

Mr. Benjamin added that the orientation course which is an induction process into the NYSC scheme, is designed to last for three weeks, as it is carefully planned and designed to provide these corps members with the requisite skills and knowledge needed for the one year national service and beyond, adding that  as corps members, they would be exposed to series  of lectures ranging from the ideals and operations of the NYSC , with security and other  professional lecturers to provide lectures for them on national core values.

He also explained that since an appreciable percentage of these corps members are non-indigenes of the state and that most are visiting the state for the first time, they will also be introduced to the people, culture, traditions and language of the people of Delta State and that to also prepare them for a life of self-employment and entrepreneurship, they will also pass through Skills Acquisition and Entrepreneurship development training.

The NYSC boss, also appreciated all the agencies that are collaborating with the NYSC scheme to train these corps members, such as the Nigerian Army, Nigerian Police Force, citizens and leadership training centre, Nigerian Red Cross, National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, Development of State Service, etc.

The Secretary to the Delta State Government, Hon. Ovie Festus Agas, who also doubles as the Chairman Delta State NYSC Governing Board, at the occasion, expressed happiness that the visible achievements recorded by the National Youth Service Corps Scheme in the state, are as a direct result of state Governor’s ever increasing commitment and support to the course of Nation building through youth empowerment.

The Delta state SSG while welcoming the Corps members to Delta State, encouraged them to render selfless and patriotic service to their fatherland during the service year, stressing that by the time they conclude their orientation course and posted to their places of primary assignment, they would discover the warm hospitality of the Deltans.

He charged the Corps member to concentrate on the training programmes, so that the principal objectives of the NYSC scheme, and in particular the aim of the orientation course will be achieved, adding that their commitment and participatory continuation to the scheme of the orientation programme will be a reliable base for a successful and fruitful service year.

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