From Esther Akaa, Lafia
The Coordinator of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) in Nasarawa State, Alhaji Abdullahi Jikamshi has lauded Governor Abdullahi Sule’s efforts in tackling insecurity in the state.
Jikamshi gave the commendation at the closing ceremony of the 2022 Batch C Stream I orientation course held on Tuesday at the Magaji Dan Yamusa NYSC Permanent Orientation Camp in Keffi Local Government Area of the state.
According to him, the effort of Governor Sule in collaboration with security agencies towards addressing security challenges in the state was encouraging more corps members to carry out their national service in the state with vigour and patriotism.
Jikamshi, however, appealed to the governor to extend his gesture to the scheme and improve some facilities at the NYSC orientation camp in Keffi LGA for the benefit of corps members.
“I wish to remind His Excellency of our previous request and appeal for a 3000 capacity Multi-Purpose Hall at the Orientation Camp as a matter of urgency, for your children. The present hall is grossly inadequate.Your Excellency sir, we sincerely look forward to your kind response,” Jikamshi said.
The NYSC state coordinator called on the 1603 2022 Batch ‘C’ Stream I corps members, including corps members deployed from Federal Capital Territory (FCT) to put into practice what they learned during the three weeks orientation programme.
“My gentlemen corps members, as you commence the next stage of your service year today, I admonish you to explore keenly, the possibility of fulfilling the hopes and aspirations of a nation which has invested so much in you for a better and greater tomorrow.
“You must therefore, set yourselves as morally bound to make the best use of every opportunity to contribute positively to the development of your host communities.
“I also want to urge and encourage you all to continue with the SAED post-camp training during your service year.
“Remember that an idle mind, is the devil’s workshop,” he said.
He also urged them to carry out Community Development Service (CDS) projects that would have direct bearing on the lives of the people in the communities they would be posted to, thereby transforming the communities for good.
He said such projects whether personal or group CDS, would go a long way in endearing them to their host communities, thereby leaving a positive impression of the impact of the NYSC.
The state NYSC coordinator also charged corps members to take their security seriously by avoiding unauthorised journeys and night trips for their safety.
He assured them of the scheme’s commitment of taking care of their welfare and other needs for a fulfilling service year.
Jikamshi also appealed to corps employers not to reject them but help the corps members settle down on time in their various places of primary assignments.
“Rejecting them is tantamount to exposing them to many risks since most of them are not from this region. Accept them, utilise their skills, keep them busy as that will discourage them from embarking on frivolous journeys,” he said.