By Christian Njoku
Gov. Bassey Otu of Cross River has enjoined the 2023 Batch ‘C’ Stream 1 Corps Members deployed to the state to contribute positively to its socio- economic development.
Otu disclosed this on Tuesday during the official opening and swearing-in ceremony of the corps members at the National Youth Service Corps, (NYSC) Permanent Orientation Camp Obubra.
Represented by Mr Odum-Ijom Ukam, State Commissioner, Ministry of Youth Development, the governor charged them to contribute their quota for the development of the state which according to him would stand them out.
He reminded the newly sworn-in corps members that this was a period for them to make personal sacrifices and prepare themselves for the enormous challenges of nation building.
“My administration is people-driven, that will create a conducive atmosphere for corps members to operate with assurance that their welfare will be given top priority.
“NYSC is very important in Nigeria today because against all odds the scheme has remained a veritable tool for national unity and integration,” he said
Earlier, while delivering his welcome address, Mr Zemoh Andrew, Cross River Coordinator of NYSC said the three weeks Orientation Course was structured to prepare corps members for the compulsory one year national service.
Andrew said Corps Members would be exposed to Camp activities such as leadership trainings, drills, lectures, Skills Acquisition and Entrepreneurship Development (SAED) training among others.
He said the programmes were to prepare them ahead for the future while encouraging them to be patriotic.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Highpoint of the ceremony was the administration of oath of allegiance on the corps members by Jus. Akon Ikpeme, Chief Judge of Cross River represented by the Jus. Emmanuel Odibu of the State High Court, Ugep.