ANAMBRA APPROVES N10, 000 MONTHLY ALLOWANCES FOR YOUTH CORPS MEMBERS
By Emeka Ilozor :
Awka, Sept. 11, 2019 (MOI) Anambra State Government has approved payment of N10,000 as monthly allowance to National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), members posted to rural and hard-to-reach areas of the state.
Gov. Willie Obiano gave the approval at the NYSC Temporary Orientation Camp, Umunya, during closing ceremony of 2019 Batch 'B' Stream 2 orientation course.
The governor was represented by Secretary to the State Government, (SSG), Prof Solo Chukwulobelu.
``I recently approved purchase of 500 units of life jackets for safety of corps members deployed to riverine areas," Gov. Obiano said.
He also directed corps employers to live up to their responsibility of accepting, nurturing and caring for corps members, who have been placed under their watch.
Obiano pointed out that a reward system was also in place to recognise corps members, who distinguished themselves at the conclusion of their service year.
This, he emphasised, would encourage them to live up to public expectations as agents of change in their various host communities.
He asserted that his government had exhibited unwavering confidence in the ability of youths by opening up all avenues for their participation in governance.
He, then, stressed that such avenues had been extended to corps members to play their parts and excel in the implementation of government programmes, particularly in the areas of providing manpower for quality education.
Other areas are primary healthcare delivery, agricultural development, environmental sanitation and urban/rural beautification programmes.
``I urge you to key into some of our youth-oriented programmes such as TRIPLE 'I' initiative, Smart Jobs, Youth in Agriculture.
Gov. Obiano affirmed that the Permanent NYSC Orientation Camp at Umuawulu/Mbaukwu would be ready for use in November.
The state NYSC Coordinator, Mr Kehinde Aremu, said the scheme had aligned with two of Gov. Obiano's 4-point agenda by posting corps members to fill the manpower gap in some health institutions in the state.
Mr Aremu urged them to strive to uphold the tenets of the NYSC - service with humility, as they go out into nooks and crannies of state.
``You are ambassadors of your families, your Alma Mata and now, the NYSC. You cannot afford to fail this time.
``Ensure that in about 11 months time, when we shall be bidding you farewell to national service, we have good stories to tell about you,’’ Aremu said.
He noted that henceforth, only organisations that would request for services of corps members would have corps members posted to them.
Aremu, then, appealed to all corps employers who have requested for the services of corps members to provide decent and safe accommodation for the corps members to facilitate their settling down.
Present at the event was, Chairman, Anambra State NYSC Governing Board and Commissioner for Youth Empowerment and Creative Economy, Mr Afam Mbanefo.
Anambra State Head of Service, represented by Mr Adebayo Ojeyinka; Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Youth Empowerment and Creative Economy, Mrs Louisa Ezeanya and Security Chiefs.
Parade by corps members formed part of the