Chiemeka Adindu|22 August 2019
Cross River state governor, Senator Professor Ben Ayade has reassured members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) of his administration’s resolve to expand welfare windows for the comfort of Corps Members deployed to the state for their one year mandatory National service NEGROIDHAVEN has garnered.
He made this remark yesterday during the swearing in ceremony for 2019 Batch “B”, Stream II Orientation Course at the NYSC Permanent Orientation Camp in Obubra Local Government Area of the state.
The governor who was represented by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Youth and Sports Development, Mrs. Maryjane Ebri assured the Corps Members of the state government’s efforts in ensuring the safety of every resident of the state, calling on all security agencies to liaise and work to that effect.
“As you prepare for the service year ahead to render selfless services to the state, my administration will continue to expand welfare windows for your comfort. I am aware of the state of the orientation camp and has taken necessary steps to intervene with the immediate renovation of the facilities in the Orientation Camp.
“I want to assure you that Cross River State is safe and secured and we are working tirelessly to ensure that the promises we made towards guaranteeing the safety of every resident of the State is fulfilled. I therefore make a call to the Nigerian Police and other security agencies to ensure that Corps Members are well protected in all areas of the State they would be posted to for their primary assignment,” the governor stated.
Governor Ayade admitted that the NYSC has been a vanguard for projecting and promoting the well-being of the rural populace and grass root development that the nation requires, commending the scheme for working tirelessly in propagating a one indivisible entity.
He further enjoined the Corps Members to accept their deployment to the state and see it as an opportunity to contribute to the growth and development of the state and the nation at large, advising them learn the culture, language and traditions of their host communities in order to proffer appropriate solutions. He urged them to always put Nigeria first in all their undertakings.
Earlier in his speech, NYSC Cross River State Coordinator, Eddy Megwa made a passionate appeal to the Governor to urgently intervene in the renovation of Camp facilities for the comfort of many Nigeria youths who choose Cross River as a place to undergo their National service each successive year.
He mentioned that the NYSC has continued to inculcate good morals in Nigeria youths. “After 46 years of existence, the NYSC has continuously mobilised graduates from different tertiary Institutions of higher learning within and outside the country geared towards building National Unity and Integration as well as building a responsible youth that would ensure that the future of this nation is reassured by way of continuous national development,” the Coordinator stated.
He revealed that at the close of registration for the Batch, a total of 1,200 Corps Members comprising 738 males and 462 females were successfully registered and are getting along with the regimented Camp activities.
He appreciated the Governor and other government officials present for their continuous support to the scheme. He also commended the efforts of Camp officials, collaborating agencies and security agencies for their efforts in ensuring the safety and comfort of Corps Members so far.
Highlight was the administering of Oath of Allegiance on the Corps Members by the Chief Judge of the state who was represented by the Chief Justice of Obubra High Court, Hon. Justice Emmanuel Ubua.