EBONYI (FIC ABAKALIKI) The Governor of Ebonyi State, David Umahi, recently stated during the closing ceremony of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) orientation camp 2019, Batch B Stream 1, at the old Macgregor College, Afikpo North Local Government Area, that Corps members posted to the State, be vanguards of government’s war against corruption and insecurity.
Umahi, who was represented by the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Dr Kenneth Ugbala, also called on them to be agents of the much needed change to take the country to the next level of development.
The governor also charged them to strive to uphold the ideal for which the scheme was set up which include national integration and unity of the country.
He said: “During the oath of allegiance, which you took on this ground, barely three weeks ago, you made a promise to do everything in your means to move this great nation to the next level. I, therefore, charge you to live up to this promise by making integrity, discipline, commitment, honesty, loyalty your guiding principles”.
“The country is in dire need of youths that are purposeful, visionary and focused. Be the agents of the much needed change which our nation desire, I therefore, charge, you to be vanguards of war against corruption and insecurity as to save us from the shame these evils have caused us in the comity of nations” he said.
The Governor also urged the corps members to join hands with the State Government to improve the standard of education in the state.
“Ensure you contribute your quota to the elevation of the living standards of the people of the area to which you are posted. Embrace the people, interact with them, feel free with them, appreciate them and cherish their culture and above all, accommodate their shortcomings, knowing full well that they are rural. Let your lifestyle have a positive influence on them,” Umahi added.
In a remark, the State Coordinator of the Scheme in Ebonyi State, Mrs Ann Ngozika Ibe noted that a total of 2162 Corps members took part in the three weeks orientation course.
“About 80% of the corps members have been posted to schools and the postings are rural based where their services are mostly needed. We sincerely believe that these corps members will bring their knowledge to bear in discharging this all important assignment”, she said.