By Emeka Ilozor : The Executive Governor of Anambra State, His Excellency, Chief Willie Obiano, has charged corps members to approach the rural populace with open mind and be ready to complement their efforts with the different skills and talents they have learnt so as to leave an indelible mark in the heart of members of their host communities after they have left the service.
Gov. Obiano, represented by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Youth Entrepreneurship and Sports Development, Mr Linus Nwabueze Nwankwo, made this charge during the closing ceremony of the 2017 Batch ‘A’ Stream 1 orientation course at the Umunya Temporary Orientation Camp.
Addressing the corps members, the Anambra State boss, implored the corps members to be part of the sustainable development of Anambra State and to key into the four(4) cardinal points of his administration. “As a major enabler in the 4-point agenda of the present administration, I expect you will key into the development plans of Anambra State, aimed at opening the rural areas, making the state more investment friendly through adequate security and creating veritable economic avenues which will reduce underemployment and make our people self reliant”, Gov. Obiano noted.
Describing the youths as leaders of tomorrow and future hope of this great nation, Gov. Obiano, urged the corps members to utilize their intellect, resourcefulness, energy and understanding positively in the service to the nation. He encouraged them to put in their best, adding that, at the end of their service year, the state government and other stakeholders will always acknowledge, honour and recognize those of them that will excel.
Speaking at the occasion, the Chairman, Anambra State NYSC Governing Board and Honourable Commissioner, Ministry of Youth Entrepreneurship and Sports Development, Dr Barr Uju Nwogu, described corps members as major enablers in the socio-economic transformation of the communities in which they serve.
The Commissioner, however, expressed displeasure that many corps members, in the past, prefer to do their primary assignment in the urban areas, or even induce rejection from their employers at the detriment of the rural areas where their services are not only mostly needed, but better appreciated. She therefore, enjoined them to accept their posting to any part of the state and see it as a challenge and an opportunity for them to impact positively on the lives of the host community.
She further reminded them of the need to emulate their predecessors in the discharge of their duties. “You should ensure that all your activities during the service year, do not contradict the law, rules and regulations of NYSC and the culture of your host community “, Dr Nwogu charged them, assuring them that the Governor and Ndi Anambra are particularly concerned about their welfare and will ensure that they have the enabling environment in all parts of the of the state.