From Rashidat AndulRahman, Minna
The Niger State Government has called on the newly sworn-in corps members in the state to abide by the rules and regulations guiding the activities of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC).
Governor Mohammed Umar Bago, made the call at the opening ceremony of the 2023 Batch B Stream I orientation course held at the NYSC Orientation Camp, Paiko on Friday.
The Governor, who spoked through his Deputy, Comrade Yakubu Garba, said that the NYSC as an instrument of national unity and integration has over the years continued to forster socio-cultural and ethno-cultural affiliations in the country, adding that this year’s programme is coming at a time the nation needs youths’ contributions for development of the country.
He commended the efforts of the chairman and members of the NYSC, state governing board, state coordinator and other camp officials who have been working hard to ensure smooth and successful activities at the camp.
Speaking earlier, the State Coordinator of NYSC, Mrs AbdulWahab Olayinka Alidat, said the objectives of NYSC are aimed at promoting national unity and integration.
“Let me remind you that the oath of allegiance you have taken today is very important, as it is expected to guide your conduct in the service year, as well as have a significant influence on your life after service.”
“You are also enjoined to acquaint yourselves with the provisions of the NYSC Act and the NYSC bye-laws,”she said.
The NYSC state coordinator also advised the corps members to be security conscious at all times and to report any suspicious characters or activities around them to the appropriate authorities.
She further encouraged the corps members to avail themselves of the opportunities for self-employment offered through the skills Acquision and Entrepreneurship Development (SAED) programme, assuring them of the support of management and relevant stakeholders for the success of the programme.
Highlights of the ceremony were the administering of oath of allegiance on the parade commender of the 11 platoons by the Chief Judge of the State, Justice Halima Abdul Malik, who was represented by Justice Mariya Mami Ismail, presentation of card to the Governor by the corps members and inspection of quarter guard.
The Voice reports that a total of 2,100 corps members are deployed to Niger State.